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

By Nellie Toll (Author)
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Item description for Behind the Secret Window: A Memoir of a Hidden Childhood During World War Two by Nellie Toll...

The author recalls her experiences when she and her mother were hidden from the Nazis by a Gentile couple in Lwow, Poland, during World War II.

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The Nazis come to Poland when Nelly is six. By the time she turns eight, the events of World War II have taken almost everyone she loves. Scared, lonely, and running from the Nazis, Nelly hides in the bedroom of a Gentile couple in Poland. For over a year, she lives in fear of discovery, writing in her diary and painting pictures of a fantasy world filled with open skies and happy families. Illustrated with Nelly's original watercolors, this powerful memoir tells the true story of how a little girl's imagination helped her survive a nightmare.

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Behind the Secret Window: A Memoir of a Hidden Childhood During World War Two by Nellie Toll has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 03/03/2003
  • PW Notes and Reprints - 03/03/2003 page 78

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Puffin
Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.92" Width: 5.06" Height: 0.52"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 24, 2003
Publisher   Puffin
Age  10-16
ISBN  0142302414  
ISBN13  9780142302415  

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More About Nellie Toll

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dr. Nelly S. Toll came to America in 1951. She holds a master's degree in art and art history and education from Rutgers University, has studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She has exhibited her adult work widely and has taught both art and art history. Dr. Toll also holds a master's degree in counseling from Glassboro College and a degree in art therapy from Hahnemann University; she has combined both fields as a counselor working with young people.
Her sixty-four watercolor paintings from the thirteen months she spent in hiding in Poland during World War II have been shown around the world. Eight ar in the permanent collection of the Yad Vashem Museum in Israel.
She is also the co-author of a play based on her wartime experiences and the author of Without Surrender: Art of the Holocaust.

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1Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Ethnic & National > Jewish
2Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
3Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > Fiction > General
4Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > Fiction
5Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > Holocaust
6Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Biographies > Historical
7Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12
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Reviews - What do customers think about Behind the Secret Window?

Behind The Secret Story  Nov 22, 2006
In _Behind The Secret Window_ by Nellie Toll, the message that the story has to offer is that life can knock you down sometimes, but most importantly you can't let life keep you down. Nelly is a small girl who is hiding from the Nazis during World War Two. The Nazis take her two siblings, aunt, father, and is really unhappy. Throughout the book she realizes that being unhappy won't help her during this dificult time. Instead she starts believing that one day her loved ones will return. Nelly finally benefits from this by making it through the war alive and finally seeking freedom. This book gives you the best of advice and messages you could ever find for difficult hardhsips and advice.
behind a secret window by nelly S. toll a reveiw by angela   Jun 20, 2005

This book is a memory of Nelly Toll's childhood experiences during World War II. She battled so many things none of us could imagine. She lost very much during the war but always had hope.
The main characters in this book are Nelly, her mother, and pani pan Wotjek. (They are Christians willing to hide them).
This book takes place mostly in Poland 1943-1944. She also goes to Hungary. She spends most of these two years living indoors.
It's a very in-depth look at the war. To me it seems almost fictional. It's amazing how much she remembers about how she felt.
The little girl who went though every thing  May 18, 2004
This book is about a girl. She is about 7 when the Nazis come and invade her town. Now she is 8 and her dad has left or "disappered". Her maids have been taken away, and the soldiers are takeing her stuff from her so they can give the stuff to other kids in thier country. She is so mortived! It is now her and her mom. They move to her aunt's appartment. And then something happens that you have to read the book to find out. By the end of the book the little girl is left alone with her alful thoughts of the horrible things that the soldiers do to the people that live in her town. So all she can do is paint pictures of what she thinks of all the things that are going on around her. This is a book that every one needs to read.
Behind my secret window  May 14, 2004
The story Behind the secret window was a good book.It's about a girl named Nelly Toll who was six years old. Nelly said she could remeber every thing that had happened.She said by the time she was eight that the world war two had destroyed her live. But she said that to ease her pain she wrote in her diary. She said that was better then thinking of her parents dining in the war. My oppion is that this was a great book. Try to read it.
Touching...  May 13, 2000
We were given a World War II book report in English. I chose this book over Anne Frank. The way Nelly Toll told her story, it made you feel as if you were there, hiding in a small room, waiting for the Gestapo to leave, and praying that they don't find you. Even though her family was hunted by the German army, the Nazis, she continued to read, and write, and paint. Though the story has a sweet, and happy ending, sadness does lurk behind it. I highly recommend this book!

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