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Nellie: The image presents an early reminder. The girl is two and a half when she is taken to see her father for the last time. She's going up a big white marble staircase when her father sees her, he wants to pick her up, but he's too weak for that. He caresses her and gives her, "my big girl, be good," he dies shortly thereafter. The warmth of this moment is in stark contrast to what was going to come next, a youth without one nice word. This moment with her father she took her whole life, her own children would get all the love she could give! This memory took place in Ukraine. It was a time of danger and threat, her father was also often wrongly imprisoned. Once in the Netherlands, in 1963 she learned to read the language by the Donald Duck. The Dutch flag has therefore been incorporated into this portrait.