Throughout the Second World War groups of Jewish women acted as couriers, smugglers, spies and partisans in the armed resistance to Nazi rule in Poland, but their stories have disappeared from that history. Judy Batalion's The Light of Days is a conscious attempt to restore that missing page . . . Batalion's book is passionately researched and written with the quick-cutting thrust of an action film
Judy Batalion brings to light half-forgotten tales of astounding courage
Judy Batalion has written a fascinating history about a little-known group who took on the Nazis. In The Light of Days: Women Fighters of the Jewish Resistance (Virago), Batalion tells the untold story of the 'ghetto girls' who carried out espionage missions, bombed German train lines and assassinated Gestapo chiefs. The individual tales of these courageous young women are remarkable
Remarkable and inspiring . . . thanks to Judy's meticulous research, these near century old stories of resistance in the face of overwhelming odds are about to be read once again
Rescues a long-neglected aspect of history from oblivion, and puts paid to the idea of Jewish, and especially female, passivity during the Holocaust. It is uncompromising, written with passion - and it preserves truly significant knowledge. ... Judy Batalion has uncovered a trove of unknown or forgotten information about the Holocaust of genuine import and impact.
Resounding . . . a vigorous narrative that draws on interviews, diaries and other sources . . . a story much in need of telling
[A] powerful book . . . encapsulates the overwhelming problems faced by young Jews in Poland during wartime . . . The Light of Days conjures up a world we barely know about: of Batalion's heroines, Renia and Zivia, Tosia and Frumka, Bela and Chajke. The actions of these young women, carefully brought back to life by Batalion, turn much of what we believe we know about the Holocaust on its head.
Groundbreaking . . . poignant . . . Batalion's collective biography provides a significant contribution to Holocaust history . . . Her welcome research and fluid storytelling fit a larger, still emerging historiography, which reveals the breadth of women's agency during armed conflicts and, as she writes: "A different version of the women-in-war story"
Original and compelling, an untold story of rare and captivating power