The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos
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About the Author
Judy Batalion is the author of White Walls: A Memoir About Motherhood, Daughterhood and the Mess in Between, which has been optioned by Warner Bros. She has written for the New York Times, Vogue, the Washington Post, and many other publications. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in history from Harvard University and a PhD in the History of Art from Courtauld Institute, University of London. Prior to her writing career, she was an academic and is fluent in both Yiddish and Hebrew. Born and raised in Montreal, she now lives in New York with her husband and children.
--Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, New York Times bestselling author of Dr. Mutter's Marvels
"Resounding history of Jewish women who fought the German invaders in World War II. In a vigorous narrative that draws on interviews, diaries, and other sources, Batalion delivers an objective view of past events that are too quickly being forgotten--and a story much in need of telling."
--Kirkus (Starred Review)
"Be not afraid. Judy Batalion brings to life the story of young women who had mindboggling valor. Super heroes. They fought the Nazis. With nerves of steel. You don't have to fight the Nazis (we hope). But you do have to be courageous and honorable. (Well, most of the time). And you will be. There are inspirational books that change your life. And this is one of them."--Maira Kalman, author of And the Pursuit of Happiness
This is a powerful and necessary book. I'm so grateful to Judy Batalion for bringing us these women in all their fierce intelligence and courage. It's astonishing that their stories haven't been widely heard until now--but Batalion's rare combination of skills has brought them to vibrant life. This is history we've needed to hear.--Rachel Kadish, author of The Weight of Ink
Judy Batalion has told the largely forgotten stories of the girl couriers, smugglers and fighters who formed the nerve center of Jewish resistance in occupied Poland. A breathtaking, dazzling work of historical resurrection--Molly Crabapple, author of Drawing Blood and Brothers of the Gun (with Marwan Hisham)
"A remarkable portrait of young Jewish women who fought in the Polish resistance during WWII. . . pays vivid tribute to `the breadth and scope of female courage.'--Publishers Weekly