JCEC: Judy Batalion
via Zoom. The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos:
While conducting research on Hanna Senesh, Judy Batalion unexpectedly found the 1946Yiddish 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, flirted with Nazis, and shot them. 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.