by Judy Batalion

One of the most important stories of World War II, already optioned by Steven Spielberg for a major motion picture: a spectacular, searing history that brings to light the extraordinary accomplishments of brave Jewish women who became resistance fighters—a group of unknown heroes whose exploits have never been chronicled in full, until now.

Witnesses to the brutal murder of their families and neighbors and the violent destruction of their communities, a cadre of Jewish women in Poland—some still in their teens—helped transform the Jewish youth groups into resistance cells to fight the Nazis. With courage, guile, and nerves of steel, these “ghetto girls” paid off Gestapo guards, hid revolvers in loaves of bread and jars of marmalade, and helped build systems of underground bunkers. They flirted with German soldiers, bribed them with wine, whiskey, and home cooking, used their Aryan looks to seduce them, and shot and killed them. They bombed German train lines and blew up a town’s water supply. They also nursed the sick and taught children.

Interview with the Author

Keen On
Judy Batalion on The Untold Story of Women Resistance FIghters in Hitler’s Ghettos
4/5/21        34 min

History Extra
Women fighters of the Jewish resistance
4/26/21       32 min

Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books
Judy Batalion, THE LIGHT OF DAYS
4/6/21        34 min

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Judy Batalion on her book The Light of Days
5/24/21          55 min

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