19th Annual Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture with Judy Batalion

November 9

7:00pm - 8:30pm

Audience: Alumni,  Current Student,  Faculty,  Families,  Neighbor or Friend,  Prospective Student,  Staff



A discussion and Q&A with author JUDY BATALION

ELAINE WOLF THEATRE - 350 S Dahlia Street, Denver CO, 80246

Judy Batalion's acclaimed book The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos brings to light the extraordinary accomplishments of brave Jewish women who became resistance fighters—a group of unknown heroes whose exploits have never been chronicled in full, until now.

A cadre of Jewish women in Poland—some still in their teens—helped transform the Jewish youth groups into resistance cells to fight the Nazis. With courage, guile, and nerves of steel, these “ghetto girls” paid off Gestapo guards, hid revolvers in loaves of bread and jars of marmalade, and helped build systems of underground bunkers. They flirted with German soldiers, bribed them with wine, whiskey, and home cooking, used their Aryan looks to seduce them, and shot and killed them. They bombed German train lines and blew up a town’s water supply. They also nursed the sick, taught children, and hid families.

The Light of Days tells the true story of these incredible women whose courageous yet little-known feats have been eclipsed by time. Judy Batalion follows these women through the savage destruction of the ghettos and, for a lucky few, into the late 20th century and beyond.

The granddaughter of Polish Holocaust survivors, Judy Batalion was born and raised in Montreal, where she grew up speaking English, French, Yiddish and Hebrew. While researching stories of strong Jewish women in London, she came across a dusty Yiddish manuscript at the British Library. Freuen in di Ghettos (Women in the Ghettos) became the inspiration for The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos (William Morrow/HarperCollins, 2021). Judy is currently writing a screenplay based on her book, which has been optioned as a major motion picture by Steven Spielberg.

This event will be held live at the Elaine Wolf Theatre, with simultaneous livestream via the JAAMM Festival Eventive platform.

CLICK HERE for tickets ($18)

Holocaust survivors, students, and educators attend free. Please contact HAI to request tickets: hai@du.edu / 303-871-3013

The Marcus Lecture is presented by the University of Denver's Holocaust Awareness Institute, in partnership with the Mizel Arts and Culture Center's Neustadt JAAMM Festival.