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 New York Times bestselling author of the highly-acclaimed THE LIGHT OF DAYS: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos, published by William Morrow in April 2021. THE LIGHT OF DAYS has been published in a young readers' edition, will be translated into nineteen languages, and has been optioned by Steven Spielberg for a major motion picture for which Judy is co-writing the screenplay. Judy is also the author of White Walls: A Memoir About Motherhood, Daughterhood and the Mess in Between, optioned by Warner Brothers, and her essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Forward, Vogue, and many other publications. Judy has a BA in the History of Science from Harvard, and a PhD in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute, University of London, and has worked as a museum curator and university lecturer. Born in Montreal, where she grew up speaking English, French, Hebrew, and Yiddish, she lives in New York with her husband and three 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