Behind the Secret Window: A Memoir of a Hidden Childhood During World War Two
For thirteen months during World War II, Nelly Toll and her mother were hidden from the Nazis in the small bedroom of a Gentile couple in Lwow, Poland. Just eight years old when she went into hiding in 1943, Nelly began keeping the diary that would inspire this powerful and moving memoir of her childhood.
In her small black journal Nelly wrote about the heartbreaking events she experienced in Lwow and her grief over the tragic losses of family members, as well as the day-to-day fears of life in hiding. In contrast, the exuberant, vividly colored paintings that Nelly also produced while in hiding transformed her grim reality into an enchanting fantasy world filled with school friends, bright skies, and happy families.
Twenty-nine of these paintings are reproduced in Behind the Secret Window; captions help readers to trace the fascinating process of their creation. Together, text and art tell the story of a lovable, imaginative child beset with terrifying uncertainties, and of the courageous mother who nurtured her daughter's unswerving belief in brighter days ahead.
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Review: Behind the Secret WindowNutzerbericht - Quenton Hua - Goodreads
I felt that this book was different than other holocast stories as it includes pictures to help to you visualize what is going on with the main character's life. It takes place in Europe around ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
Review: Behind the Secret WindowNutzerbericht - Pam Kirst - Goodreads
I discovered a copy of Nelly Toll's Behind the Secret Window on a sale table—it was $2.00, and it looked fascinating. Toll was eight years old when she and her mother, Jewish Ukrainians, went into ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
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