[VIRTUAL] LitFest: Judy Batalion, The Light of Days

Date: May 10, 2021
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Of the legions of stories of World War II and the Holocaust that shape our understanding of those history-changing events, one of the most extraordinary has remained hidden until now: the daring resistance efforts of Jewish women in the ghettos of the Nazi occupation. In THE LIGHT OF DAYS: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos (William Morrow; April 6, 2021; $28.99), Judy Batalion shares the acts of defiance and rebellion of women who saw and acknowledged the truth of their time, worked together, and risked their lives in the fight for justice and liberty. THE LIGHT OF DAYS is a meticulously researched and grippingly told David-and-Goliath history that sheds light on the invaluable role these unsung heroines played in fighting against and surviving Hitler’s Final Solution.

Batalion first learned of the “ghetto girls” and their achievements when she stumbled upon a Yiddish-language memoir in the British Library more than a decade ago. Delving deeply into myriad Jewish archives and making numerous research trips to Poland and Israel, she painstakingly uncovered their stories through long-overlooked memoirs as well as other surviving documents and personal interviews with their families. The rebellious acts Batalion discovered ran the gamut from spontaneous, simple acts of defiance to complex, planned initiatives. The ghetto girls tricked the Gestapo into carrying their luggage filled with contraband, hid revolvers in teddy bears, flung Molotov cocktails, and bombed German train lines. They flirted with Nazis; bought them off with wine, whiskey, and pastry; and then shot and killed them. They carried out espionage missions for the Red Army, organized a militant group of anti-Nazi Nazis, and were bearers of the truth about what was happening to the Jews. The incredible trove of epic yet intimate resistance stories Batalion collected in THE LIGHT OF DAYS reveals the ingenuity and tenacity of a handful of astonishingly brave young women, underscoring how their movement was larger and more organized than the annals of history have recorded—until now.

Monday, May 10 | 6 - 7 pm
Talk Only: $10
Talk and Curbside Book Pick Up: $36
Talk and USPS Book Delivery: $39.50