Something Beautiful Happened by Yvette Manessis Corporon
A Story of Survival and Courage in the Face of Evil

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The narrative gathers extra force when the author’s nephew is killed by an anti-Semitic gunman in a well-publicized attack in America, prompting her to wonder how removed the Nazi past really is from our own time. Heartfelt and most effective when the author’s lens moves from herself to the events beyond her.
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Seventy years after her grandmother helped hide a Jewish family on a Greek island during World War II, a woman sets out to track down their descendants—and discovers a new way to understand tragedy, forgiveness, and the power of kindness.

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. Nearly 2,000 Jews from that area died in the concentration camps, but even though everyone on Erikousa knew Savvas and his family were hiding on the island, no one ever gave them up, and the family survived the war.

Years later, Yvette couldn’t get the story of the Jewish tailor out of her head. She decided to track down the man’s descendants—and eventually found them in Israel. Their tearful reunion was proof to her that evil doesn’t always win. But just days after she made the connection, her cousin’s child was gunned down in a parking lot in Kansas, a victim of a Neo-Nazi out to inflict as much harm as he could. Despite her best hopes, she was forced to confront the fact that seventy years after the Nazis were defeated, it was still happening today.

As Yvette and her family wrestled with the tragedy in their own lives, the lessons she learned from the survivors of the Holocaust helped her confront and make sense of the present.

In beautifully told interweaving storylines, the past and present come together in a nuanced, heartfelt story about the power of faith, the importance of kindness, and the courage to stand up for what’s right in the face of great evil.
 

About Yvette Manessis Corporon

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Yvette Manessis Corporon is an Emmy Award–winning writer, producer, and author. She is currently a senior producer with the syndicated entertainment news show Extra. With over twenty years’ experience in television news, Yvette has written and produced for the most celebrated names in broadcasting and interviewed the most iconic newsmakers and celebrities of our time. In addition to her Emmy Award, Yvette has received a Silurian Award for Excellence in Journalism, and the New York City Comptroller and City Council’s Award for Greek Heritage and Culture. She is married to award-winning photojournalist David Corporon. They have two children and live in New York.    
 
Published September 12, 2017 by Howard Books. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, Travel. Non-fiction
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on Jul 03 2017

The narrative gathers extra force when the author’s nephew is killed by an anti-Semitic gunman in a well-publicized attack in America, prompting her to wonder how removed the Nazi past really is from our own time. Heartfelt and most effective when the author’s lens moves from herself to the events beyond her.

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