The Light of Days
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
‘Original and compelling, an untold story of rare and captivating power’ Philippe Sands
‘A fascinating history about a little-known group who took on the Nazis . . . The individual tales of these courageous young women are remarkable’ Independent
‘Rescues a long-neglected aspect of history from oblivion, and puts paid to the idea of Jewish, and especially female, passivity during the Holocaust. It is uncompromising, written with passion – and it preserves truly significant knowledge. … Judy Batalion has uncovered a trove of unknown or forgotten information about the Holocaust of genuine import and impact.’ Eva Hoffman, TLS
One of the most important untold stories of World War II, The Light of Days is a soaring landmark history that brings to light the extraordinary accomplishments of brave Jewish women who inspired Poland’s Jewish youth groups to resist the Nazis.
Witnesses to the brutal murder of their families and the violent destruction of their communities, a cadre of Jewish women in Poland – some still in their teens – became the heart of a wide-ranging resistance network that fought the Nazis.
With courage, guile and nerves of steel, these ‘ghetto girls’ smuggled guns in loaves of bread and coded intelligence messages in their plaited hair. They helped build life-saving systems of underground bunkers and sustained thousands of Jews in safe hiding places. They bribed Gestapo guards with liquor, assassinated Nazis and sabotaged German supply lines.
The Light of Days at last reveals the real history of these incredible women whose courageous yet little-known feats have been eclipsed by time.
Original and compelling, an untold story of rare and captivating power Resounding . . . a vigorous narrative that draws on interviews, diaries and other sources . . . a story much in need of telling * Kirkus Review * Judy Batalion has written a fascinating history about a little-known group who took on the Nazis. In The Light of Days: Women Fighters of the Jewish Resistance (Virago), Batalion tells the untold story of the 'ghetto girls' who carried out espionage missions, bombed German train lines and assassinated Gestapo chiefs. The individual tales of these courageous young women are remarkable * Independent *
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