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Nelly Toll

A watercolor exhibit of childhood memories

Nelly Toll: Behind the Secret Window

Nelly Toll was six years old when the Nazis occupied Poland in September of 1939. At the age of eight Nelly was hidden in a small bedroom of a Polish couple. For more than a year she lived in constant fear of being discovered. During this time she wrote in a diary and painted watercolor pictures of a fantasy world beyond the hiding place; filled with friends, fun, bright skies and happy family life.

The THC is the repository of reproductions of the original watercolors and are part of Nelly Toll’s personal collection that was donated to the Tennessee Holocaust Commission in 2007.

Available for exhibit  - contact THC.

"Behind The Secret Window" is available as a book.