BookBrowse Reviews The Light of Days by Judy Batalion

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The Light of Days

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

by Judy Batalion

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The Light of Days by Judy Batalion
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    Apr 2021, 576 pages

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The Light of Days tells the inspiring yet little known story of a tight-knit group of women who helped to orchestrate the Jewish resistance in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Renia, Sarah, Zivia, Frumka, Hantze, Tosia, Vladka, Chajka, Gusta, Hela, Bela, Lonka, Tema, Chasia, Chaika, Ruzka, Vitka, Zelda, Faye, and Anna.

These are the names of the women who populate Judy Batalion's nonfiction narrative, The Light of Days. It is, to be sure, a dizzying cast of characters and an equally dizzying tale. The book centers around the female freedom fighters who emerged from Nazi-occupied Poland and the tremendous, yet largely unacknowledged, acts of leadership and courage they performed.

Even with Batalion's introduction and brief description of each woman, it takes a while to truly sort everyone out. This is especially true when this multitude is operating against the backdrop of a tumultuous, large-scale war. A lot can and does get lost. The women are constantly moving, constantly hiding, and constantly obfuscating. Yet, Batalion manages this glut of ...

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