"Izzy's Fire is an intensely moving, deeply thought-provoking account of man's humanity to man in the midst of the unimaginable horror of the Holocaust. Raising fundamental questions about right and wrong and the consequences of personal action, Izzy's Fire is a powerful teaching tool for adults and young people alike."
-Anne E. Derse, U.S. ambassador (ret.)
"I met Nancy Wright Beasley at the American Embassy in Vilnius,
Lithuania. I have never met a person with so much empathy towards
'another' and the terrible Jewish fate during WWII...As a
Holocaust survivor of the Kovno Ghetto, I bow my head to Nancy and admire the book she has written with such incredible sensitivity."
-Irena Veisaite˙, PhD, retired professor,
literary scholar, and theatre critic (Vilnius, Lithuania)
"This book is extraordinary and could become one of the most important books of its genre."
-Martin J. Goldman, director of survivor affairs (ret.),
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
"Izzy's Fire is remembrance. It should never die."
"Remembering the Holocaust is the best way to prevent another.
Nancy Wright Beasley courageously stands at the forefront of this sacred endeavor."
-Rabbi Shmully Hecht,
Shabtai: The Jewish Society at Yale University
"Izzy's Fire gives voice to those who survived the Holocaust in hiding and is a welcome addition to Holocaust studies shelves."
-Midwest Book Reviews
"A fascinating account of a few Jewish families that escaped the horrors of the ghetto in Kovno and by some miracle survived the war years in one of the most hostile environments to Jews on the
European continent. It is a document of unlimited courage and devotion, of boundless hope, and passion to survive...This book is another very important addition to the Holocaust."
-Abe Larwe, editor, English section of Gachelet,
a publication of the Association of Lithuanian Jews in Israel.
As the story of one family, this remarkable book may stand as a metaphor for thousands of others, unknown and untold as accounts from the victims of the 20th century's greatest crime."
-Charles W. Sydnor, Jr., PhD, author of Soldiers of
Destruction: The SS Death's Head Division, 1933-1945;
executive director, Virginia Holocaust Museum
"Beasley draws from personal interviews, research, and numerous memoirs, including those from Israel "Izzy" Ipson, who helped his family escape from Kovno Ghetto, one of the most notorious killing fields for Jews in Lithuania. Complete with maps and photos, Izzy's
Fire is a story for all time."
"As a member of Brandermill Rotary, Nancy Wright Beasley upholds
Rotary International's major theme: service above self. In Izzy's Fire,
we're looking at a handbook for service above self. It's one thing to talk it, but quite another to see in this book how people actually lived it. Unless we actually live it, it doesn't really mean anything."
-Jim Bynum, governor, Rotary District 7600, 2011-12
"I chose Izzy's Fire as an excellent example of how to show students and teachers all the situations about understanding the Holocaust.
It relates to victims, collaborators, the Nazis, bystanders, and rescuers,
and offers many moral questions."
-Ingrida Vilkiene˙, deputy director of education,
International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes (Vilnius, Lithuania)
"I know Izzy's Fire changes lives, those of adults and students. I witnessed it firsthand during the seven years I taught it."
-Rebecca Quesenberry, reading specialist
"Izzy's Fire changed my life, as I never realized how terrible discrimination can be. If I could, I would make Izzy's Fire required reading for all middle and high school students."
-Sam Stark, 16, Thomas Dale High
School, Chesterfield County, Va.