Behind the Secret Window: A Memoir of a Hidden Childhood During World War Two

Dial Books, 1993 - 161 Seiten
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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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BEHIND THE SECRET WINDOWS: A Memoir of a Hidden Childhood

Nutzerbericht  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

In Toll's remembrance, art equals hope: her happy family pictures, painted in the secret room where she and her mother hid from the Nazis and the Poles, show extraordinary preteen talent (some of the ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - jkepler - LibraryThing

Just started this one and it drew me in. Its a memoir of a Jewish girl hidden from the German Nazis in Lwow, Poland (L'viv, Ukraine). The book has color reproductions of watercolor paintings the author made during her two years in hiding. Vollständige Rezension lesen


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Toll teaches Humanities at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a master's degree in art and art history. She received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.

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