When Judy Batalion stumbled across accounts of Jewish women who defied the Nazis as resistance fighters during the Holocaust, she knew she owed it to their memory to make their exploits widely known.
Now her book — The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos — has been optioned by Stephen Spielberg for a major motion picture and has been adapted into a young readers’ edition.
Join us for a fireside chat with Judy as she illuminates these untold stories of women whose immense courage helped save Jewish lives. You’ll also discover UJA’s latest work helping survivors get vaccinated so they can enjoy the rest of their lives in good health and in good company with others.
This event welcomes donors who give a gift of $500 or more, individually or as a family, to UJA's 2021 Annual Campaign.
Judy Batalion is the author of The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos and White Walls: A Memoir About Motherhood, Daughterhood and the Mess in Between. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Forward, Vogue, and many other publications. Judy has a B.A. in the history of science from Harvard and a Ph.D. 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, where she grew up speaking English, French, Hebrew, and Yiddish, she now lives in New York with her husband and three children.
Zibby Owens is the creator and host of the award-winning podcast Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books and was named “NYC’s Most Powerful Book-fluencer” by New York Magazine’s Vulture. Zibby has contributed to Good Morning America online, Parents, Marie Claire, Redbook, and The New York Times online. She has appeared on CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, the BBC, and many local news outlets. Her latest book, Moms Don’t Have Time To: A Quarantine Anthology, was recently released. A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School, Zibby currently lives in New York with her husband Kyle and her four children. She always has a book nearby.
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