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"Batalion delivers an objective view of past events that are too quickly being forgotten."-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
About the Author
Judy Batalion is the author of White Walls: A Memoir About Motherhood, Daughterhood and the Mess in Between, which has been optioned by Warner Bros. She has written for the New York Times, Vogue, the Washington Post, and many other publications. She holds a Bachelors Degree in history from Harvard University and a PhD in the History of Art from Courtauld Institute, University of London. 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.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B07Y8D58BR
- Publisher : William Morrow (April 6, 2021)
- Publication date : April 6, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 24976 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 573 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0349011575
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,558 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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I also found the book quite disorganized. If I had submitted such a manuscript in my profession, it would have been sent back to me for a major tear-down and edit. The book lacks an organizing principle. It is not organized by person, chronology, group membership, geography. It seemed to me as scattered and almost as random as the lives the admittedly heroic fighters/resisters lived.
I had hoped to buy mutliple copies and gift them to my daughters. I am not going to do so.
Why have these heroines remained anonymous for all these post war decades? In Chapter 30 entitled "Fear of Life", the author suggests several reasons. Some of these women were suffering from PTSD and chose not to share their wartime experiences with family. Others had survivor's guilt and felt they could have and should have done more to save their immediate family members. Some male leaders in the Yishuv chose to downplay the role of women in the resistance whose actions throughout were hardly "ladylike". Many in the nascent state of Israel, wanted to move on from the past and emphasize the youthful future of the country rather than the horrors of the Holocaust. Yet, the author relates how so many of these female survivors turned their energies especially to the growth and development of kibbutzim throughout Israel. Indeed, their determination to survive, infused into the generations that came after them, makes this such a worthwhile read.
Top reviews from other countries
There should be a copy of this book in every school and in every library.
My late father who was among the first British troops into Belsen would have saluted these women of the Jewish Resistance and the writer.