"The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos" - Bowdoin College Holocaust Education Lecture Series presents Judy Batalion

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 7:30 pm to 9 pm

VAC, Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, VAC, Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

The Bowdoin College Holocaust Education Lecture Series Presents Judy Batalion, "The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos"

Judy Batalion is The New York Times bestselling author of The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos, published by William Morrow in April 2021. While conducting research at the British Library, Batalion came across the 1946 Yiddish book Freuen in di Ghettos (Women in the Ghettos), filled with accounts about young Jewish women who defied the Nazis. These Polish-Jewish “ghetto girls” paid off Gestapo guards, hid revolvers in teddy bears, and flirted with and shot Nazis. They distributed underground bulletins, flung Molotov cocktails, bombed German supply trains, organized soup kitchens, and were bearers of the truth about what was happening to the Jews. In this discussion, Judy will relay several of these women’s stories, describe her years of research into the history of Polish-Jewish resistance, and discuss why so many of these tales remained hidden for so long.

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. The Light of Days has been published in a young readers’ edition and has been optioned by Steven Spielberg for a major motion picture, for which Batalion is cowriting the screenplay.

Judy earned a BA in the history of science from Harvard University 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, she grew up speaking English, French, Hebrew, and Yiddish. She lives in New York City with her husband and three children.

Sponsored by the Gabry Family Fund. For more information, contact Jenn Berube at jberube@bowdoin.edu or 207-725-3928. Open to the public free of charge.

To view a live-stream of this talk, please visit the Bowdoin Talks webpage.

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