Memories, Miracles & Meaning

About the Author

Fanny Krasner LebovitsFanny Krasner Lebovits is a ninety-six-year-old Holocaust survivor who describes her life as “an absolute miracle.” At age nineteen, Nazis invaded her home in Liepāja, Latvia, killing her father and most of the Jewish men in the town. She went on to lose seventy-nine of her family members and survive placement in five different concentration camps. After the war, she became a nurse registered with the United Nations, a strong supporter of Israel, and President of the Pacific Southwest Region of Hadassah. Fanny has received numerous awards for her dedication to charitable Jewish organizations and is a member of Temple Beth El in La Jolla, California, where she currently resides. She maintains an active schedule of lecturing, family activities, an extensive network of friendships, and charitable and community involvement.

Selwyn Isakow lives in La Jolla, California. After becoming fascinated by Fanny’s story and inspired by her values, he researched and documented her memoirs.

Sid Shapira lives in San Diego, California. A journalism graduate from Ryerson University in Toronto, he writes memoirs through his business Stories Be Told ( He assisted in writing, editing, and assembling Fanny’s story.