Non­fic­tion

The Light of Days: The Untold Sto­ry of Women Resis­tance Fight­ers in Hitler’s Ghettos

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September 1, 2019

One of the most impor­tant sto­ries of World War II, already optioned by Steven Spiel­berg for a major motion pic­ture: a spec­tac­u­lar, sear­ing his­to­ry that brings to light the extra­or­di­nary accom­plish­ments of brave Jew­ish women who became resis­tance fight­ers — a group of unknown heroes whose exploits have nev­er been chron­i­cled in full, until now. Wit­ness­es to the bru­tal mur­der of their fam­i­lies and neigh­bors and the vio­lent destruc­tion of their com­mu­ni­ties, a cadre of Jew­ish women in Poland — some still in their teens — helped trans­form the Jew­ish youth groups into resis­tance cells to fight the Nazis. With courage, guile, and nerves of steel, these ghet­to girls” paid off Gestapo guards, hid revolvers in loaves of bread and jars of mar­malade, and helped build sys­tems of under­ground bunkers. They flirt­ed with Ger­man sol­diers; bribed them with wine, whiskey, and home cook­ing; used their Aryan looks to seduce them; and shot and killed them. They bombed Ger­man train lines and blew up a town’s water sup­ply. They also nursed the sick and taught chil­dren. Pow­er­ful and inspir­ing, fea­tur­ing twen­ty black-and-white pho­tographs, The Light of Days is an unfor­get­table true tale of war, the fight for free­dom, excep­tion­al brav­ery, female friend­ship, and sur­vival in the face of stag­ger­ing odds.

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