Dozens Gather for Annual Holocaust Memorial Program

Dozens Gather for Annual Holocaust Memorial Program

Dozens gathered at the Memphis Jewish Community center for the annual Holocaust Memorial program.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Dozens gathered at the Memphis Jewish Community Center Sunday for the annual Holocaust Memorial program.

The event began with six Holocaust survivors who lit memorial candles in memory of those who lost their lives. The event also included an art exhibit that featured Holocaust survivors along with their stories.

Dr. Nelly Toll spoke about her survival story. While in hiding as a child, she painted 64 watercolors. Her vivid illustrations combine fairy tale figures with pre-war memories depicting a fantasy world of freedom and child's play.

Toll says painting during those times was therapeutic for her.

"Art was able to take me to another world. A world out of reality, a world that had no tears, no sadness, and brought happiness in my life. Once I had a watercolor, a whole new world opened. I could use fantasy and reality in a juxtaposition and that's what I did. I actually juxtaposed the present full of danger times of the past or my fantasy," said Toll.

The event marked the 51st Holocaust Memorial at the Memphis Jewish Community Center.

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