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Something Beautiful Happened
by Yvette Manessis Corporon
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Yvette Manessis Corporon grew up listening to her grandmother’s stories about how the people of the small Greek island Erikousa hid a Jewish family—a tailor named Savvas and his daughters—from the Nazis during World War II.
Seventy years later, Yvette couldn’t get the story of Savvas out of her head. Armed with just first names, she set out to track down the tailor’s descendants. Her seemingly impossible search lasted years and took her around the world—until, miraculously, she found them. Their tear-filled reunion was halted when, three days later, Yvette’s nephew was gunned down in a parking lot in Kansas, a victim of a Neo-Nazi out to kill Jews.
As Yvette and her family wrestled with their own tragedy, the lessons she learned from the survivors of the Holocaust—and her unending quest to honor the islanders who risked everything—taught Yvette that even in the midst of unimaginable pain, beautiful things still happen.
At once a very personal memoir and an ambitious account of the untold history of the Greek Jews, Something Beautiful Happened is a nuanced story about the power of faith, the importance of kindness, and the courage to stand up for what’s right, no matter the cost.
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