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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 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. Yet the exploits of these courageous resistance fighters have remained virtually unknown. As propulsive and thrilling as Hidden Figures, In the Garden of Beasts, Band of Brothers, and A Train in Winter, The Light of Days at last tells the true story of these incredible women whose courageous yet little-known feats have been eclipsed by time. Judy Batalion—the granddaughter of Polish Holocaust survivors—takes us back to 1939 and introduces us to Renia Kukielka, a weapons smuggler and messenger who risked death traveling across occupied Poland on foot and by train. Joining Renia are other women who served as couriers, armed fighters, intelligence agents, and saboteurs, all who put their lives in mortal danger to carry out their missions. Batalion follows these women through the savage destruction of the ghettos, arrest and internment in Gestapo prisons and concentration camps, and for a lucky few—like Renia, who orchestrated her own audacious escape from a brutal Nazi jail—into the late 20th century and beyond. Powerful and inspiring, featuring twenty black-and-white photographs, The Light of Days is an unforgettable true tale of war, the fight for freedom, exceptional bravery, female friendship, and survival in the face of staggering odds.  


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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 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. Yet the exploits of these courageous resistance fighters have remained virtually unknown. As propulsive and thrilling as Hidden Figures, In the Garden of Beasts, Band of Brothers, and A Train in Winter, The Light of Days at last tells the true story of these incredible women whose courageous yet little-known feats have been eclipsed by time. Judy Batalion—the granddaughter of Polish Holocaust survivors—takes us back to 1939 and introduces us to Renia Kukielka, a weapons smuggler and messenger who risked death traveling across occupied Poland on foot and by train. Joining Renia are other women who served as couriers, armed fighters, intelligence agents, and saboteurs, all who put their lives in mortal danger to carry out their missions. Batalion follows these women through the savage destruction of the ghettos, arrest and internment in Gestapo prisons and concentration camps, and for a lucky few—like Renia, who orchestrated her own audacious escape from a brutal Nazi jail—into the late 20th century and beyond. Powerful and inspiring, featuring twenty black-and-white photographs, The Light of Days is an unforgettable true tale of war, the fight for freedom, exceptional bravery, female friendship, and survival in the face of staggering odds.  

30 review for The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    The Light of Days is the first book I have encountered that tells the stories of heroic young Jewish women in Poland who fought the oppression and subsequent Holocaust of their people with fervor and an undeniable braveness that I cannot imagine. It is immediately evident how well researched this book was by Judy Batalion and how important is was to her to tell these stories with as much respect and accuracy as possible. Her forward and authors notes were my most favourite parts of the book. I a The Light of Days is the first book I have encountered that tells the stories of heroic young Jewish women in Poland who fought the oppression and subsequent Holocaust of their people with fervor and an undeniable braveness that I cannot imagine. It is immediately evident how well researched this book was by Judy Batalion and how important is was to her to tell these stories with as much respect and accuracy as possible. Her forward and authors notes were my most favourite parts of the book. I approached this read thinking it would be a semi-fictional "based on real stories and real women" story, a "The Secrets we Kept" style novel, but it really is a non-fiction piece almost reading like a research paper, with authors thoughts and the use of interjections like, "in one instance" and "it is reported that she said" woven through the accounts. The audiobook was narrated by Mozhan Marno whose voice was very soothing yet strong and was the perfect compliment to tell these stories. It has quite a long running time at 16.25 hours. I am hopeful that, when released, Harper sets up an accessible webpage with a list of names, maps and photos to accompany the audiobook to round out the experience. There are many young women featured here, all of whom sacrificed everything, even opportunities for personal freedom, to keep fighting in an attempt to secure those freedoms for others in the face of unspeakable brutality. I feel very well read on the atrocities of the Holocaust but had read very little about female freedom fighters in this time so was very interested to hear about these women. There were many tears shed listening to this, and many moments of thankfulness that my own life hasn't been subject to trials such as these women faced. Batalion does not shirk the atrocities here, the horrible sexual, depraved, barbaric, animalistic treatments are described in full. There is a lot of information and full stories of each of the women's lives included. It was really a different read and at times changed it's mind as to whether it was telling a story or detailing an historical event but that didn't detract in my opinion as the author clearly felt both after committing so much of her life to tell the stories of these women. When I was done the book and hearing the author tell her own stories of traveling to the birth homes of these women in Poland and meeting with their present day families, I felt so emotional and connected and she made some really wonderful points about why some of these stories were never told, reasons both political and personal. She also remarked that none of these heroic women who lived and grew old were given assistance dealing with the fact that they survived and what that left them with to deal with, especially after the tortures they had endured and the loss of their young adult lives. I wished she had been comfortable with weaving her thoughts throughout the book as her voice was so welcomed at the end. I do feel that she wanted to respect these women's stories and wanted to give them a vessel and a voice and not overlay her own. She did all of these women proud, they are portrayed with strength and compassion but still as women and although a dark and difficult read, I am grateful to Judy Batalion for telling their stories. I am thankful to NetGalley and Harper Audio for an Advanced Reader Copy of this Audiobook, it will be released in April 2021 and and has also already been optioned for movie production by Steven Spielberg.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    This book was a bit of an information dump. I'm really glad that she did this research and brought these young women's stories to light, but there were so many characters and events that it was hard to keep track of them. It ended up feeling to me like I was reading a string of separate anecdotes. They were all gripping, but not as much as if I had been able to get attached to any of the characters. I think others will likely use this book as source material to write something that feels more li This book was a bit of an information dump. I'm really glad that she did this research and brought these young women's stories to light, but there were so many characters and events that it was hard to keep track of them. It ended up feeling to me like I was reading a string of separate anecdotes. They were all gripping, but not as much as if I had been able to get attached to any of the characters. I think others will likely use this book as source material to write something that feels more like a story.

  3. 4 out of 5

    KC

    This story begins in 1939 Poland. World War II is underway. While German soldiers begin to overtake the country by torture, extermination, and relocation, teenager Renia Kukielkher enlists the help of girls and other youth from the Polish ghettos to form a resistance against the Nazi occupation. These truly harrowing and often graphic tales from the survivors themselves, is downright horrific and yet inspirational. For those who read Band of Brothers and A Woman of No Importance.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kati

    I won this on goodreads First reads sweepstakes. This book took me absolutely forever to read because it was so intense and heart-wrenching that I could only read 5 to 10 pages at a time. I knew that there were Jewish women who resisted the Nazis in WW2 and even were successful in causing damage to the nazi efforts, but this book was very informative as to how influential and effective these strong, resilient women were, and how very much impact they had on the efforts made to fight the genocide I won this on goodreads First reads sweepstakes. This book took me absolutely forever to read because it was so intense and heart-wrenching that I could only read 5 to 10 pages at a time. I knew that there were Jewish women who resisted the Nazis in WW2 and even were successful in causing damage to the nazi efforts, but this book was very informative as to how influential and effective these strong, resilient women were, and how very much impact they had on the efforts made to fight the genocide of WW2. It was heart-rending to read about the traumas they suffered at the hands of both Nazi and partisan Polish fighters. I appreciate the efforts the author took to dig through the various, difficult-to-find accounts and compile them into a coherent narrative to enlighten the rest of the world about women whose names have been largely lost in the studies done on WW2 resistance efforts.

  5. 4 out of 5

    James

    Intense. Well written. Well researched. Beyond just the more well-known activities of the Warsaw ghetto, the author shows how these brave women, traveled across borders, between occupied lands, connecting the pockets of Jewish civilians, forced into overcrowded ghettos across Poland and Lithuania. At first, focused on survival, they quickly realized there was no coming to terms with a machine bent on their death. Despite the difficulty in making connections with other Polish resistance groups, t Intense. Well written. Well researched. Beyond just the more well-known activities of the Warsaw ghetto, the author shows how these brave women, traveled across borders, between occupied lands, connecting the pockets of Jewish civilians, forced into overcrowded ghettos across Poland and Lithuania. At first, focused on survival, they quickly realized there was no coming to terms with a machine bent on their death. Despite the difficulty in making connections with other Polish resistance groups, they began to focus on armed resistance and struggle. Passing as Poles, these young women - many in their teens, smuggled weapons, intelligence, documents past Germans, Polish police and blackmailers. The found Poles willing to hide Jews, arranged and distributed payments - all of this at an age when they should have been enjoying life and relaxing. Instead, they faced instant death, torture, imprisonment. And yet they persisted, found the inner strength to continue, to live, to survive, and to help others, even when they couldn't save their own families. These women and their bravery was "forgotten" for too long and this great book should help in this effort.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Thelma

    The more that I read of WW2 the more I can't understand the level of madness and craziness of these people????? The Light of Days is the true story of the Jewish women in Poland who were a HUGE key in WW2 but as always being a woman our stories always get forgotten or they really don't matter to the world.. this is exactly the case of all these magnificent women who fought so hard to help and did many courageous things to help but they were never recognized or even known about. Friendship, loyalt The more that I read of WW2 the more I can't understand the level of madness and craziness of these people????? The Light of Days is the true story of the Jewish women in Poland who were a HUGE key in WW2 but as always being a woman our stories always get forgotten or they really don't matter to the world.. this is exactly the case of all these magnificent women who fought so hard to help and did many courageous things to help but they were never recognized or even known about. Friendship, loyalty, and faith even strength is what permeates the whole book. they lived so many terrible things, some of them were only teenagers and had to grow in a matter of hours, they saw many cruel things, evil things that will stay forever with them, hunting them like a horror movie on repeat.. The Jewish Women In Poland, their stories were shadowed by many political agendas, they were hidden or erase, Judy really did an amazing job not only bringing the stories to life but recognizing the true value of these magnificent women, women that should be recognized in museums and history books but with time man has erased or even not talked about. I cried so much with every story, I really didn't know many of the things in The Light of the Days, I heard so many atrocities but the ones in these stories are just too much, I still in shock with the evilness, how they really didn't have a piece of heart in them, what they did to the babies, that was too much way too much, I literally spend the whole book crying and screaming and swearing to every Nazi, I still can't believe some of them still alive how could they live with themselves? I'm so glad Karma is so real I bet these guys will have to reincarnate like 1000000 times and not even with that many lifetimes they will pay for what they did. This is a great book, if you're looking to get inspired by true courageous women, women who will give everything to survive and help their families and loves ones even friends to survive this is a great book. I was going to write a very different review as I was so angry reading the madness of those people but I'm glad I waited as I wanted to focus all my love on these women rather than expressing my anger and hate toward the evilness. to the author Judy Batalion, thank you for writing this book, for letting us know the stories of these wonderful women who deserve so much more, thank you for giving them a voice.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shelby Ivie

    It took me weeks to read(listen) to this one because of the content. It was very heavy, and often heartwrenching and very difficult to listen to. But this is such an important topic that desperately needs light shed on it. Trigger warnings: brutal killing, rape, abuse, violence, starvation, torture. 😥 "The Light of Days" follows the true stories of a group of courageous, ingenious, resourceful, heroic, Polish-passing Jewish women (many just girls, really) and the parts they played in defeating th It took me weeks to read(listen) to this one because of the content. It was very heavy, and often heartwrenching and very difficult to listen to. But this is such an important topic that desperately needs light shed on it. Trigger warnings: brutal killing, rape, abuse, violence, starvation, torture. 😥 "The Light of Days" follows the true stories of a group of courageous, ingenious, resourceful, heroic, Polish-passing Jewish women (many just girls, really) and the parts they played in defeating the nazis in WWII (there are enough synopses of the story in other reviews so I'll skip writing my own). It is so incredibly sad that I am just now hearing their stories. I consider myself fairly well educated in WWII history, but never have I heard of these women and the parts they played in WWII. This is such a travesty! This story (or perhaps a condensed, YA version) should be required reading in high schools across the globe. This may turn out to be the most important book I'll read this year. 5 stars!!! Finally, the narration: I have learned throughout my short time on NetGalley that the audiobook arcs are not my cup of tea.😬 I have had many more 'misses' than 'hits' in terms of narration. This was NOT the case here. The narration was beautiful!!! The voice is easy to listen to, steady, natural, strong, confident. This was the perfect narrator for this book! Well done, narrator!!! 👏 This is one of those instances in which I think the narrated version was better... I'm afraid this would've been a bit dry for my taste without the narration. *Note: the book is not dry, I'm just not a non-fiction reader. I highly recommend this thoughtful, well-researched, well-composed book. Thank you NetGalley, publisher and Ms. Batalion for my free copy in exchange for my honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rochelle Hickey

    When I received The Light of Days I thought it was a historical fiction novel, but it’s actually non-fiction. I was really interested in the premise as I have read a good handful of historical fiction around the same subject. Unfortunately, after only 26 pages of a 400+ book I had to stop reading. It reads like a history text book—you can tell a ton of research went into writing this—my eyes skimming rather than absorbing. Then sporadically it tried to include character dialog and intention like When I received The Light of Days I thought it was a historical fiction novel, but it’s actually non-fiction. I was really interested in the premise as I have read a good handful of historical fiction around the same subject. Unfortunately, after only 26 pages of a 400+ book I had to stop reading. It reads like a history text book—you can tell a ton of research went into writing this—my eyes skimming rather than absorbing. Then sporadically it tried to include character dialog and intention like a fiction book. It couldn’t decide what kind of book it wanted to be which made it hard to follow and unenjoyable to read. Thank you to William Morrow: An Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers for an advanced readers copy for my honest and unbiased opinion.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Audrey Lawrence

    Awesome read and extremely well researched but a hard to read about all the deaths and suffering. Full review later. Definitely, a must read and I particularly enjoyed her write up of meeting survivors as she gathered material for her book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Aryn

    As Judy Batalion points out in her introduction and author’s notes, there are many reasons that the Jewish women who helped lead the resistance within the Polish ghettos are not well known. With The Light of Days, Batalion works to bring some of those courageous women back into the limelight. Extensive research and a strong narrative bring Renia Kukielka and her comrades vividly to life. Renia used her Aryan looks, bravery, and intelligence to work as a courier for the resistance based in the gh As Judy Batalion points out in her introduction and author’s notes, there are many reasons that the Jewish women who helped lead the resistance within the Polish ghettos are not well known. With The Light of Days, Batalion works to bring some of those courageous women back into the limelight. Extensive research and a strong narrative bring Renia Kukielka and her comrades vividly to life. Renia used her Aryan looks, bravery, and intelligence to work as a courier for the resistance based in the ghettos, though the Hebrew word kashariyot, translated by Batalion as “connector” is a much more accurate name for the work. Renia smuggled papers, money, arms, information, supplies, and people between ghettos, the Aryan side of towns and cities, and across Poland. This book is inspiring, heartbreaking, and powerful, and details a part of history that we must not forget. Strongly recommended for readers of history and historical fiction alike. If you only choose one book about World War II and the Holocaust this year, I strongly suggest this be on your short list for consideration. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carol Hughes

    This is history that needs to be included in all grammer, high school and college history classes. Our young people need to know about the heroic actions (and deaths) of young women during WWII. I am a serious student of history and many of the stories told in this book are alluded to in the fictional books of Allan Furst but never seriously addressed in history books. Juby Batalion has done a remarkable job bringing the stories of Jewish women to the forefront where it is deserved.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mary Vogelsong

    Author Judy Batalion grew up in Canada and was educated in northeastern United States, but it wasn’t until she was living and working in London that she felt a pervasive rejection of her Jewish-ness. Her ethnicity and religion seemed offensive to those around her. This set Batalion on a research quest to discover strong Jewish female role models. She stumbled across a book in Yiddish about Jewish women resistance workers in Poland during World War II. Some of the women actually fought alongside t Author Judy Batalion grew up in Canada and was educated in northeastern United States, but it wasn’t until she was living and working in London that she felt a pervasive rejection of her Jewish-ness. Her ethnicity and religion seemed offensive to those around her. This set Batalion on a research quest to discover strong Jewish female role models. She stumbled across a book in Yiddish about Jewish women resistance workers in Poland during World War II. Some of the women actually fought alongside their male counterparts with guns, knives, and any other weapon they could obtain. They helped to organize and carry out the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Some of these brave women naturally ascended to strategic and leadership positions in these underground cells, but the majority worked as curriers. This was possible especially if their looks did not betray their ethnicity. The women were better suited for this role than men, who were often challenged to prove they weren’t Jewish by revealing a lack of circumcision. Males were frequently given the costly traditional Hebrew education, while girls were publicly schooled with Catholic and Christian girls. This helped the Jewish girls more easily assimilate into society as a non-Jew, having already experienced the culture and customs of non-Jews. Even so it was dangerous work, and many died when their true identity was discovered. Some were shot. Others perished in work camps or extermination camps. Torture of political prisoners was especially brutal. This can be a hard book to read – emotionally – especially with the backdrop of America’s current upheaval. It isn’t easy to read about murder, starvation, betrayal, rape, brutality, torture, and the unabashed evil that perpetuated it. Sometimes hard truths have to be taken in smaller bites. I consumed this book in three-days-time and it has affected me powerfully. Thanks to NetGalley for an audio ARC of The Light of Days for review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jenna N

    Weaving together extensive research with engaging storytelling, “The Light of Days,” illuminates the underrepresented history of female Jewish resistance during World War II. Too often popular narratives around Holocaust histories and World War II minimize the experience of Jewish women to a state of defenseless victimhood, which Batalion rectifies by emphasizing the heroism and sheer nerve of female resistance fighters working in active rebellion against the Nazi Regime. By taking the time to z Weaving together extensive research with engaging storytelling, “The Light of Days,” illuminates the underrepresented history of female Jewish resistance during World War II. Too often popular narratives around Holocaust histories and World War II minimize the experience of Jewish women to a state of defenseless victimhood, which Batalion rectifies by emphasizing the heroism and sheer nerve of female resistance fighters working in active rebellion against the Nazi Regime. By taking the time to zoom in on individual stories, this book makes a difficult history feel more familiar and relatable, which further amplifies the extraordinary efforts of female resisters. Every sacrifice is deliberately presented with equal significance between female resisters, and more importantly still, of equal significance to the actions of their male resistance counterparts. The result is a thorough exploration of resilience during and after World War II which also seeks to understand the legacy of this relatively unknown narrative. The amount of information presented can be overwhelming and it is difficult to keep track of all the details, so this book will appeal towards a more academic audience. Based on that, I would be cautious of recommending this for a book club pick, or would only recommended it to a very specific group who is interested in a deep dive into history topics and isn’t afraid of a dense read. With the right group and facilitator, I think this book could spark some excellent discussions about unknown histories and our understanding of the past. Thank you to HarperCollins Publishers and Netgalley for an advance copy of this Ebook.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    The Light of Days is an extremely well researched non-fiction book telling the stories of some of the women resistance fighters in Poland during WWII. It i a difficult read. The details of the atrocities committed by one human being to another are not spared by author Judy Batalion. It is also a difficult read because the material is very dense with historical information, much as a history text book would be written. This may have been complicated by the fact that I was listening to the audio b The Light of Days is an extremely well researched non-fiction book telling the stories of some of the women resistance fighters in Poland during WWII. It i a difficult read. The details of the atrocities committed by one human being to another are not spared by author Judy Batalion. It is also a difficult read because the material is very dense with historical information, much as a history text book would be written. This may have been complicated by the fact that I was listening to the audio book and not seeing the text I can see the being incredible source material for students and for further development in to a screen play. Heroic is a word that has lost meaning in today's world. It is casually applied to lesser actions. These women were truly heroic. It is important to know their stories and to honor their lives. My four star rating is for the importance of the material as well as how well researched it is . if I was just going to rate on ease of read, it would be 3. My thanks to NetGalley and publisher William Morrow for the advanced Audio copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shelly

    This is a wonderful audiobook and offers the chance to learn some new things regarding the history of Jewish people being ostracized, ridiculed, looked down upon even before the WWII/Holocaust began. This book is a detailed history, with some reading from letters, diaries, notes from various (approximately 20) women who were courageous enough to join the resistance no matter the cost. There is no dialogue between characters. I highly recommend reading & thinking/talking about this book with othe This is a wonderful audiobook and offers the chance to learn some new things regarding the history of Jewish people being ostracized, ridiculed, looked down upon even before the WWII/Holocaust began. This book is a detailed history, with some reading from letters, diaries, notes from various (approximately 20) women who were courageous enough to join the resistance no matter the cost. There is no dialogue between characters. I highly recommend reading & thinking/talking about this book with others. People have been lying to manipulate/influence the way others act, think, or treat those who are somehow different from themselves. The levels that some will go to just to promote hate is, unfortunately, just as rampant today as it ever has been. Having books such as this can help only if these tough topics are talked about & all people recognize that hate, oppression, violence is never the answer to making positive choices. Thank you to #netgalley for the advance audio in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amy Nicole

    This is a realistic, detailed history of the horrors Jewish people endured and the resistance measures they attempted. There were stories after stories of death, torture, medical experiments, rape, graphic descriptions of the states of found corpses etc. Everything was vaguely linked together by following several women in the resistance movement. This is also one of the few books I’ve ever read about Jewish survivors that follows them after the war. Survivors struggled with PTSD and adapting and This is a realistic, detailed history of the horrors Jewish people endured and the resistance measures they attempted. There were stories after stories of death, torture, medical experiments, rape, graphic descriptions of the states of found corpses etc. Everything was vaguely linked together by following several women in the resistance movement. This is also one of the few books I’ve ever read about Jewish survivors that follows them after the war. Survivors struggled with PTSD and adapting and the next generation had issues with guilt and living up to the expectations of the survivors. It’s something that gets eclipsed in the focus on the victory and it was enlightening to hear about the “next steps”. This is an incredibly important story to remember and tell. It’s important not to gloss over these horrors and forget what evil people are capable of. It also really puts our current struggles into perspective.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    If you think you have read enough about the Holocaust, think again. This amazing and deeply disturbing book is a must read! Although ponderous at times, this non-fiction account of the Polish Jewish resistance brings to light the untold story of the unbelievable courage of the many young women who fought against a regime bent on their extermination. Kudos to Judy Batalion for a well-researched, exquisitely detailed book which was probably as difficult to write as it was to read, knowing that the If you think you have read enough about the Holocaust, think again. This amazing and deeply disturbing book is a must read! Although ponderous at times, this non-fiction account of the Polish Jewish resistance brings to light the untold story of the unbelievable courage of the many young women who fought against a regime bent on their extermination. Kudos to Judy Batalion for a well-researched, exquisitely detailed book which was probably as difficult to write as it was to read, knowing that the atrocities being described actually happened. I especially appreciated the follow up into the women’s lives after the war and that it was never really over as they struggled with survivor’s guilt, PTSD, and suicide. When Steven Spielberg makes a movie, I hope that he includes the full life story of these women to show both the heartbreak and the tremendous inspiration of their survival. Thank you William Morrow for the advanced reader’s edition.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jg

    A powerful, interesting, and beautifully written book about the many heroic women who secretly fought against the nazi regime in spite of the odds and fear of capture. These are the stories and the women who need to be celebrated even all these years later. I read this book in small doses so I could savor and better understand what these women went through and what they accomplished. I’m grateful to author Judy Batalion for bringing these women and their courageous stories to light. I highly rec A powerful, interesting, and beautifully written book about the many heroic women who secretly fought against the nazi regime in spite of the odds and fear of capture. These are the stories and the women who need to be celebrated even all these years later. I read this book in small doses so I could savor and better understand what these women went through and what they accomplished. I’m grateful to author Judy Batalion for bringing these women and their courageous stories to light. I highly recommend.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Karen Troutman

    The Light of Days The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos by Judy Batalion HarperCollins Publishers William Morrow Biographies & Memoirs | History Pub Date 23 Jun 2020 | Archive Date 23 Jun 2020 I loved this book! Thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers I was given an ARC of this book for my honest review. I love reading biographies and memoirs! I read this one in short doses so I could truly absorb the heroism of these women. Grab this book and read it!! The Light of Days The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos by Judy Batalion HarperCollins Publishers William Morrow Biographies & Memoirs | History Pub Date 23 Jun 2020 | Archive Date 23 Jun 2020 I loved this book! Thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers I was given an ARC of this book for my honest review. I love reading biographies and memoirs! I read this one in short doses so I could truly absorb the heroism of these women. Grab this book and read it!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    This is a non-fiction work regarding Jewish Polish Resistance WOMEN fighters in WWII. There are several different women that were researched and included in this book. There was definitely a lot of work that went into this book. I'm now interested in finding additional information/books about these amazing women. Rounding up to 4 stars. Thank you to NetGalley and the author/Judy Batalion for an advance read copy in exchange for an honest review. This is a non-fiction work regarding Jewish Polish Resistance WOMEN fighters in WWII. There are several different women that were researched and included in this book. There was definitely a lot of work that went into this book. I'm now interested in finding additional information/books about these amazing women. Rounding up to 4 stars. Thank you to NetGalley and the author/Judy Batalion for an advance read copy in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    HENRITA

    WELL WRITTEN , WELL RESEARCHED . A MUST READ FOR ALL WHO WANT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT TREULLY GOES ON DURING A WAR , NOT JUST THOSE OF THE PAST BUT OF ALL TIMES .

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

  23. 4 out of 5

    kathie

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

  25. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

  26. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Auerbach

  27. 5 out of 5

    Susan Hamm

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Fairbanks

  29. 4 out of 5

    John

  30. 5 out of 5

    Robin Stauffer

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