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Izzy's Fire: Finding Humanity in the Holocaust

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  96 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
The book depicts how 13 members of five Jewish families survived the Holocaust through their own ingenuity and the generosity of a poor Catholic farm family. All 13 Jews ended up living in a 9?x12?x4? underground hole as World War II raged around them. Some lived underground for about seven months before being liberated by the Russian Army. Dr. Michael Berenbaum, project d ...more
Paperback, 289 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Palari Publishing (first published 2004)
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May 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
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I chose this book because Jay Ipson, the founder of the Virginia Holocaust Museum and the son of the Izzy of the book's title, will be speaking at my church this Sunday. He will be speaking about the Holocaust and his family's experience.

The book itself is well-researched. The story is told by Eta Ipp, who became Jay's mother and Izzy's wife. We learn about her youth in Lithuania and marriage to Izzy. During the late 1930's, life for Jews in Lithuania (as in other countries) became more and more
Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story of a Lithuanian Jewish family that survived the holocaust held me spellbound. What unleashes such demons of death and destruction upon mankind? "Never again" is a noble slogan but genocide has happened time and time again since Nazi Germany. Izzy's family knew a Christian farmer who provided shelter for his family and others who escaped from the Kovno ghetto. I can't fathom the courage it took for this farm family to provide refuge for their Jewish countrymen. If they had been caught ...more
Izzy’s Fire: Finding Humanity in the Holocaust by Nancy Wright Beasley is an extremely intense and compelling memoir.

It is the story of five Lithuanian Jewish families who managed to escape the Kovno Ghetto during the Holocaust. What is most remarkable about Izzy’s Fire, is not the fact that the families escaped the Kovno Ghetto, but the fact that they were hidden by a Catholic family.

Nancy Wright Beasley writes with compassion, yet also with a sharpness, not withholding or color coating the inf
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Oct 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a moving book about a family's struggle during the Holocaust. This story tells the tale of Jay Ipson's family during World War II. For those of you who do not know, Jay Ipson is one of the founding members of the Virginia Holocaust Museum. You must visit that museum if you ever have the opportunity. Read the book first and it really makes the museum come to life. Very sad---very real.

Beth Neu
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well written and researched. It is amazing how much Izzy and his wife could remember from their time in Lithuania. The book was written so many years later and the extra effort the author put forth to write this book was evident. I highly recommend this heart-wrenching, yet rewarding account of life for Jews living in Lithuania at the outbreak of World War II.
May 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A powerful story of a Jewish family that survived the Holocaust in Lithuania because they were hidden by Christian farmers. I have actually met one of the survivors and seen the Holocaust Museum he helped found in Richmond, Virginia.
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book...subject matter is depressing but these people were inspirational. Want to visit the museum in Richmond that they opened.
May 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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What a fantastic book! It will make your heart ache for what this family and thousands of others went through. Very well written and engaging to the end.
Susan Poling
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The true story of a family who escape a ghetto , flee to the country and end up living underground, in a potato hole with Nazi's marching in the fields around them. It is humbling to know how ingenious and strong they could be.
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