Judy Batalion on Understanding the Holocaust as a Story of Defiance
In Conversation with Andrew Keen on the Keen On Podcast
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In this episode, Andrew is joined by Judy Batalion, author of The Light of Days, to discuss a largely untold story of the Holocaust: the story of the young Jewish women who formed a resistance movement and fought back against the Nazis.
From the episode:
Judy Batalion: This is a story of constant resistance, constant resilience. I can’t now look back at the narrative of the Holocaust without seeing it as a story of six years of defiance. What I said in the book is I can’t pretend that this was a David and Goliath story, where the underground succeeded and killed all the Nazis. They did not. The numbers aren’t impressive, if you look at the numbers—but the spirit is.
Judy Batalion is the author of White Walls: A Memoir About Motherhood, Daughterhood and the Mess in Between. She has written for the New York Times, Vogue, the Washington Post and many other publications. Prior to her writing career, she was an academic and is fluent in both Yiddish and Hebrew. Born and raised in Montreal, she now lives in New York with her husband and children.