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The Light of Days Young Readers' Edition
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The Light of Days Young Readers' Edition
The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos
This young readers' edition tells the remarkable story, largely forgotten until now, of the young Jewish women who became resistance fighters against the Nazis during World War II. It has already been...
This young readers' edition tells the remarkable story, largely forgotten until now, of the young Jewish women who became resistance fighters against the Nazis during World War II. It has already been...
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  • This young readers' edition tells the remarkable story, largely forgotten until now, of the young Jewish women who became resistance fighters against the Nazis during World War II. It has already been optioned by Steven Spielberg for a major motion picture.

    As their communities were being destroyed, groups of Jewish women and teenage girls across Poland began transforming Jewish youth groups into resistance factions. These "ghetto girls" helped build systems of underground bunkers, paid off the Gestapo, and bombed German train lines.

    At the center of the book is eighteen-year-old Renia Kukielka, who traveled across her war-torn country as a weapons smuggler and messenger. Other women who joined the cause served as armed fighters, spies, and saboteurs, all risking their lives for their missions.

    Never before chronicled in full, this is the incredible account of the strong Jewish women who fought back against the seemingly unstoppable Nazi regime. It follows the women through arrests, internment, and for a lucky few, into the late 20th century and beyond.

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  • Judy Batalion is the New York Times bestselling author of the highly-acclaimed THE LIGHT OF DAYS: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos, published by William Morrow in April 2021. THE LIGHT OF DAYS has been published in a young readers' edition, will be translated into nineteen languages, and has been optioned by Steven Spielberg for a major motion picture for which Judy is co-writing the screenplay. Judy is also the author of White Walls: A Memoir About Motherhood, Daughterhood and the Mess in Between, optioned by Warner Brothers, and 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 PhD 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 lives in New York with her husband and three children.

    https://www.judybatalion.com/

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  • School Library Journal

    May 1, 2021

    Gr 8 Up-Batalion undertakes a huge task in describing the life and work of several unsung heroines among the resistance fighters in Hitler's Polish ghettos, namely Warsaw, Krakow, and Bedzin. These young women, aged in their late teens or early 20s, often served as smugglers or saboteurs, but many served as couriers, especially if they could pass as non-Jews or as Polish Christians. The women were more likely to be successful because young men would have been arrested. Fourteen young women, not all of the same (but cooperating) underground movements, are featured in this text. A list of the women at the beginning of the text is most helpful. In addition to their name, it often contains pronunciation, location, and the name of the underground group with which they were affiliated. The general format describes the life of each woman, how she functioned in her given tasks, and a brief description of her post-war life; some women went to Palestine to live, while others went and chose not to stay there. The text begins with a map of Poland and closes with an epilogue, an author's note, an acknowledgment, a glossary, source notes, and further reading. VERDICT A good selection to add depth to a WWII collection. Previous knowledge of the subject will be a necessity to fully understand this title.-Eldon Younce, Anthony P.L., KS

    Copyright 2021 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    February 15, 2021
    Lost stories of young Jewish female resistance fighters in World War II Poland are brought to light and retold for a new generation. Young Jewish women played a critical role in resistance movements during World War II, yet they are rarely given due credit, their legacies largely neglected for myriad complex reasons. This book seeks to remedy that omission, highlighting the stories of just over a dozen such young women in Poland, based on primary and secondary sources, many created during wartime or in the immediate postwar era and subsequently lost to the annals of history. These courageous women, many of them active participants in Jewish youth group movements prior to the war, rallied their passions and their networks to build resistance movements within the Jewish ghettos. They gathered intelligence, helped organize uprisings, and participated in acts of sabotage. Those who could pass as non-Jews often served as couriers, smuggling information, goods, and people in and out of the ghettos. Initially it is difficult to keep track of the cast, with various individuals operating out of different locations, and the writing style is less than engaging. However, the pace picks up as readers become more intimately acquainted with a select few figures who especially stand out, such as Renia Kukielka, a courier whose journey takes terrifying turns. This valuable chronicle fills an important gap in Holocaust literature. (who's who, map, author's note, glossary, source notes, further reading) (Nonfiction. 11-14)

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  • Booklist

    April 1, 2021
    Grades 7-10 This young readers' edition of Batalion's adult title (also 2021) highlights the war contributions of 14 young Jewish women (most of them Polish) during the Holocaust. Drawing upon interviews, diaries, and other sources, she recounts their numerous activities as couriers: paying off guards; smuggling food, medicine, weapons, and IDs; escaping the Warsaw Ghetto via the sewers; gathering intelligence; building underground bunkers; and assisting Jews to escape. Many of these women began as members of Jewish social service clubs (some of them Zionist); whether they were active resisters or more passively resilient (dying with dignity and respect), all contributed to the Nazis' defeat. The narrative proceeds chronologically, with Renia Kukielka's story serving to tie together the various other profiles. The writing is clear and concise and ends with Kukielka's harrowing escape to Palestine in 1944. Appended with generous back matter and a section of black-and-white photos (not seen), this is a valuable addition to Holocaust literature, especially for its discussion of the PTSD and guilt that plagued those who survived.

    COPYRIGHT(2021) Booklist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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