The Light of Days: Women Fighters of the Jewish Resistance

Judy Batalion

28/06/2021 7:30 pm
on zoom, virtual event

A New York Times bestseller and already optioned by Steven Spielberg, The Light of Days author Judy Batalion joins us live from the US to discuss what Philippe Sands called “an untold story of rare and captivating power” of the Polish Jewish women who took on the Nazis.

These ‘ghetto girls’, many in their teens, had witnessed the brutal murder of their families. With courage, guile and nerves of steel they became the heart of a wide-ranging resistance network, smuggling guns in loaves of bread and coded intelligence messages in their plaited hair. They helped build life-saving systems of underground bunkers and sustained thousands of Jews in safe hiding places. They bribed Gestapo guards with liquor, assassinated Nazis and sabotaged German supply lines.

In this special free online event White Walls author Judy Batalion – a contributor to the Washington Post, Vogue and the Jerusalem Post – will be in conversation with historian and educator Trudy Gold.

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Judy Batalion


Judy Batalion is the author of White Walls: A Memoir About Motherhood, Daughterhood and the Mess in Between and most recently The Light of Days: Women Fighters of the Jewish Resistance. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the ForwardVogue 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 now lives in New York with her husband and three children.

Trudy Gold


Trudy Gold is the former C.E.O of the London Jewish Cultural Centre, and one of the founder members of the British delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. She has taught Modern Jewish History in schools and universities and for adult groups throughout the World. She has coordinated teacher training in Jewish History and Holocaust Studies in Eastern Europe and latterly in China. She is the author of The Timechart History of Jewish Civilisation and the student resources “Understanding the Holocaust” and the digital resource “Lessons of the Holocaust.”

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