JUDY BATALION’S THE LIGHT OF DAYS
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.
Optioned by Steven Spielberg for a major motion picture
“The role of women in resisting the genocidal tyranny of the Third Reich has, like so much women’s history, been less well documented than the work of their male counterparts. . . 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 REVIEWS, Starred Review
“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.’ ”
“Batalion’s work presents a largely unacknowledged story of nearly unimaginable heroism in the face of horror. Utilizing memoirs, diaries, testimonies, and interviews of Holocaust survivors, the volume features complicated stories that have resonance and relevance. Of particular interest is Battalion’s discussion of not only her research and personal interest in the histories of the women and their families but also of the equally complex and nuanced meanings of female empowerment and resistance and what that means for succeeding generations.”
“Judy Batalion brings to life the story of young women who had mindboggling valor. There are inspirational books that change your life. And this is one of them.”
—Maira Kalman, author of AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS
About the Author
Judy Batalion is the author of White Walls: A Memoir About Motherhood, Daughterhood, and the Mess in Between. 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 Ph.D. 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 now lives in New York with her husband and three children.
THE LIGHT OF DAYS: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos, by Judy Batalion
Publication Date: April 6, 2021
William Morrow, Hardcover, $28.99