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The Light of Days

The Light of Days

The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos

Book - 2020
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This young readers edition tells the remarkable story, lost to history until now, of the Jewish women who became resistance fighters during World War II. It has already been optioned by Steven Spielberg for a major motion picture.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, 2020
Edition: Young readers' edition, First edition
ISBN: 9780063037694
Call Number: j940.5318 BATA
Characteristics: xx, 265 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates p. : ill. (some col.), map ; 22 cm


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Jun 13, 2021

There is no doubt that the bravery, commitment and sacrifice of these women are stories that must be told, that must not be forgotten once told and I am grateful that Judy battalion has documented them. Her depth of research, dedication and perseverance are laudable. My poor rating has nothing whatsoever to do with the history or horror covered in this book. It has nothing to do with the importance and relevance of the courageous lives lived. My poor rating has to do with the writing. I found the author’s style of writing made the book frustratingly confusing and ponderous to read. The book, whose subject matter is and should be riveting, was unnecessarily and unfortunately bogged down by the author’s inclusion of what seemed to be every piece of information she discovered about the times, the history, the individuals and their circumstances. I also found it frustrating that the author did not follow just one of the women but would shift from one to another, then move into a historical description. While I appreciate being given context and information, when there is too much the result can be a loss of connection with the main threads of the book- the brave women. Unfortunately, for me this was the case with this book. I know others who gave high ratings will disagree with me but this was how I felt about this book that I was very much looking forward to reading.

May 25, 2021

First of all, reading the previous comments, this is not a novel. It is nonfiction based on diaries, memoirs, etc. These were the most Amazing women, risking their lives day after day in horrible conditions after losing their whole families(not to mention homes, even towns). I have read about a lot of Resisters in WW2 but this is a whole other realm of (s)heroes.If they are going to have superhero movies there should be one about these women.

May 11, 2021

An intense novel that highlights the forgotten role that brave women played in the resistance in Poland. All too often women's accounts have been hidden and/or discredited. I found the relaying of these women's stories as compelling as any novel, and it was history! So glad that these stories were unearthed and shared so that these brave women are remembered. Definitely worth reading, and processing. Not a quick page turner but I found it hard to put down.

Apr 06, 2021

Judy Batalion brings detailed research to her compelling story about the “ghetto girls” who are mostly forgotten eastern European women who were part of the resistance to the Nazis. These women were so successful that one was even hired as a secretary to the Gestapo. They were adept at disguises and traveled from Polish towns and ghettos acting as news broadcasters to the citizens. Instead of spreading hopelessness, the spread hope and determination. Not only were they smuggling information the smuggled in food and medical supplies. It took a lot of research reading memoirs and diaries including some hidden beneath floorboards and written on toilet paper.

JCLBetM Mar 22, 2021

The people and their experiences are certainly worth reading about, but I was disappointed in how this was written and laid out. It felt a bit random and piecemeal, so it was hard to get into and stay in the stories. Hopefully another author will use this book as research fodder for more books about these remarkable women.

debwalker Apr 02, 2020

What they did to resist the darkness...


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