The Light of Days Young Readers’ Edition


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Author: Judy Batalion

This is the young readers’ edition of the previously untold story of Jewish women resistance fighters who battled the Nazis, already optioned by Steven Spielberg.

As their communities across Poland were being destroyed, a group of young Jewish women, some still teenagers, began transforming Jewish youth groups into resistance cells. These “ghetto girls” built systems of underground bunkers, paid off the Gestapo, and bombed German train lines. One of the central figures was eighteen-year-old Renia Kukielka, who worked as a weapons smuggler and messenger across the war-torn country. Other women who joined the cause served as armed fighters, spies, and saboteurs, all risking their lives to help save their people.

Adapted for young readers, this is the incredible account of the 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 twentieth century and beyond. This book includes an eight-page insert of black-and-white photos so that kids can see firsthand the extraordinary women who bravely fought for their freedom in the face of overwhelming odds.