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The Jewish “Ghetto Girls” Who Fought the Nazis

Hosted By: USC Shoah Foundation

Join author Judy Batalion, in conversation with Nancy Spielberg, to learn more about Batalion’s new book The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos.

In this event Hosted by USC Shoah Foundation, in partnership with Writer’s Bloc and Holocaust Museum LA, Batalion unveils countless stories of ingenuity, ferocity, and daring by girls and young women who fought the Nazis in Hitler’s ghettos in Poland. They blew up trains. They smuggled food and guns. They distributed false papers. They built bombs from a recipe unearthed in an old Russian pamphlet. They bought munitions. They spied. They sabotaged Hitler’s supply lines. They killed Nazis. These “ghetto girls” used their brilliance, their bravery, and often their beauty, to fight their captors.

Batalion’s accounts of these WWII resistance fighters show the range and breadth of the resistance effort– from the dazzling to the mundane, and the lucky to the tragic.The Light of Days brings these resistance fighters’ stories to light through diaries, personal accounts, interviews, and extensive research. It is spellbinding and thrilling.

Nancy Spielberg is a writer and producer. She is the Executive Producer of Who Will Write Our History, which explored the secret collection of photos, documents, posters, and accounts of how people lived and died in the Warsaw Ghetto. She is also the producer of documentaries such as GI Jews: Jewish Americans in WWII; Mimi and Dona; Elusive Justice: The Search for Nazi War Criminals; and Above and Beyond. Recently, she helped establish Jewish Story Partners, a film fund to help tell Jewish stories to promote understanding and tolerance.

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Judy Batalion

The author of White Walls: A Memoir about Motherhood, Daughterhood, and the Mess in Between, Judy Batalion has written essays and articles for a wide array of publications.
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Nancy Spielberg

Nancy Spielberg is a writer and producer. She is the Executive Producer of Who Will Write Our History, which explored the secret collection of photos, documents, posters, and accounts of how people lived and died in the Warsaw Ghetto. She is also the producer of documentaries such as GI Jews: Jewish Americans in WWII; Mimi and Dona; Elusive Justice: The Search for Nazi War Criminals; and Above and Beyond. Recently, she helped establish Jewish Story Partners, a film fund to help tell Jewish stories to promote understanding and tolerance.
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USC Shoah Foundation

Founded in 1994 by Steven Spielberg following the production of Schindler's List, USC Shoah Foundation's mission is to develop empathy, understanding and respect through testimony. Our Visual History Archive® preserves in perpetuity testimonies from 65 countries, in 43 languages, and is housed at the University of Southern California. Through our research, educational, and community outreach programs, the Institute harnesses the power of its archive of personal testimonies from witnesses to genocide in order to do our part to build a better world.
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