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Izzy’s Fire: Finding Humanity in the Holocaust, which retells the story of the five families, meets several of Virginia’s Standards of Learning. The book has been taught in several Chesterfield County schools, as well as a variety of other public schools and universities since its publication in 2005. A revised edition was published in 2008.
“Izzy’s Fire is filled with the passion of one woman determined to do justice to the story of another woman who lived in hiding throughout the war years. The war has soul…Nancy Wright Beasley has told a powerful story with dignified restraint. She has given voice to an underreported side of the Holocaust – life in hiding.” –Michael Berenbaum, Project Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (1988-1993)
“Nancy is a passionate, dedicated writer who has written a searing story, sure to capture readers with Izzy’s Fire. She proves herelf to be a storyteller who uses firsthand accounts and research with equal resolve.” – Adriana Trigiani, Author of the Big Stone Gap triology
“We’re talking the stuff of miracles here and Nancy Wright Beasley captures it well.” – Tom Graves, President, Baptist Theological Baptist Seminary of Richmond
Nancy Wright Beasley’s seven-year journey that led to this book began when she heard a Buchenwald survivor recite names of family members who died in the Holocaust. Beginning to understand the significance of recording survivor history, she read memoirs, interviewed survivors and discovered the miraculous journey that finally led Edna Ipson and her family from the heel of the Nazis to “the other side of hell.” She tells of their journey in Izzy’s Fire.
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