The Young Jewish Women Who Fought the Nazis – and Why You’ve Never Heard of Them

A powerful new book, 'The Light of Days,' reveals the tragic and audacious stories of fearless Polish women in Jewish resistance movements. Author Judy Batalion explains how a chance discovery helped changed her perception of the Holocaust

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Jewish resistance fighters Vitka Kempner, left, Ruzka Korczak, and Zelda Treger.
Jewish resistance fighters Vitka Kempner, left, Ruzka Korczak, and Zelda Treger.Credit: Yad Vashem Photo Archive, Jerusalem
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A meeting of Zionist youth at the agricultural training farm in Będzin, Poland, during the war. Credit: Ghetto Fighters House Museum, Photo Archive
Courier Hela Schüpper, left, and Akiva leader Shoshana Langer disguised as Christians on the Aryan side of Warsaw, June 26, 1943.Credit: Ghetto Fighters House Museum, photo archive
One of Lonka Kozibrodska’s forged Aryan identity cards, 1943Credit: Ghetto Fighters House Museum, Photo archive
Jewish resistance fighters Tema Schneiderman, left, Bela Hazan and Lonka Kozibrodska. Photograph taken at a Gestapo Christmas party, 1941.Credit: Yad Vashem Photo Archive, Jerusalem
A German photograph of sleeping quarters inside a bunker prepared by the Jewish resistance for the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, 1943Credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration, College Park
A partisan dugout in the Rudniki Forest, photograph taken in 1993.Credit: Rivka Augenfeld

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