Something Beautiful Happened: A Story of Survival and Courage in the Face of Evil

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 JewSeventy 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.
Something Beautiful Happened A Story of Survival and Courage in the Face of Evil 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 f

  • Title: Something Beautiful Happened: A Story of Survival and Courage in the Face of Evil
  • Author: Yvette Manessis Corporon
  • ISBN: 9781501161117
  • Page: 158
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. A lot of the literature of WWII focuses on the Holocaust as it took place in Germany and France and Poland for the most part, so I found this book fascinating because it dealt with an aspect that I knew little about - the story of how some Jews in Greece were hidden and saved during the war by some good people who believed in the goodness of all people. This is a beautiful tribute to Yvette Manessis Corporon's grandparents and to the people of the small island of Erikousa.After the war, lives go [...]

    2. Thanks to NETGALLEY for an uncorrected proof in exchange for an honest review.Oh my goodness, my fellow Goodreaders, this is a beautiful piece of non- fiction that we (or at least I) needed tonight. The author's family were residents of a Greek island that hid a Jewish family during the Nazi occupation. The author decides that she must do what she can to track down the family members. At the same time, her family is rocked by a anti-Semitic attack in the United States that kills two of her famil [...]

    3. PHENOMENAL. Corporon is a magical weaver of words and her brain is her loom. She covers the reader with layers of comfort, awe, sadness and smiles of the heart.The fluidity of the flow of time periods is done with enviable ease.t all writers have mastered THAT trick! It all started with the authors earlier novel of her grandmothers life, during WW2 on the Greek island of Erikousa. Her association with a jewish family hiding out there. I really enjoyed it, but THIS book? It's the story of Yvette [...]

    4. “Something Beautiful Happened” by Yvette Manessis Corporon, published by Howard Books.Category – Memoir Publication Date – September 12, 2017.Yvette’s grandmother told her the story of people on a small Greek Island, Erikousa, that during the Nazi occupation were able to hide a Jewish family. The fantastic part of the story is that although not everyone agreed on hiding them, no one turned them in.Yvette, like most of us, listened to the stories but it went in one ear and out the other [...]

    5. An unusual look at the Holocaust as it unfolded on a tiny Greek island. Kudos to the author for relating, in such an articulate way, the history of her family.

    6. **I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**IntroductionYvette Manessis Corporan immediately strikes the reader as being the type of person who is well-connected, well-educated, and well-spoken, all while remaining humble and welcoming. Her life is fascinating in many aspects, and yet in another way it's another beautiful example of the typical American story - descended from hard-working immigrants who are proud of their culture and yet thankful fo [...]

    7. I have read a lot of books about the Holocaust but never anything from this area of Europe. I have mixed feelings about the book.I appreciated the story of the Greek island of Erikousa and how they banded together to save a Jewish family. It’s so helpful and important to hear stories of bravery and courage in hard times. It was fascinating seeing how the author and so many others worked to piece together what happened to this family. The ending was largely satisfying except for one thing.After [...]

    8. Yvette Corporon works in the news in New York, but several years ago wrote a fiction book based loosely on her grandmothers experiences on a small Greek island during the second world war. 70 years ago her Yia-yia and family sheltered a local Jewish tailor and his daughters, risking their own lives as the Germans had promised to kill any locals found harboring Jews. Yet the whole island kept the secret and helped to protect the family. So she decides to find out the truth about the story, and to [...]

    9. This haunting story of beauty in the face of hatred and strength in the face of evil is a true gem. It was all the more meaningful to me, as I lived in the Kansas City area and remember vividly the shootings of two innocents by a crazed neo-Nazi. A gem for genealogists who sometimes wonder if they'll ever find their answers.I read this EARC courtesy of Edelweiss and Howard Books. pub date 09/12/17

    10. I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book tells the story of the author's grandmother, who helped to save a Jewish family from the Nazi's on the island of Erikousa, Greece. After hearing this tale, various times in her life, the author decides to see if she can track down the relatives of the family that were able to escape. As this is happening in the present, other relatives of the author are shot by a white supremacist. The author goes back and forth betw [...]

    11. 3.5 stars. What an incredible story - at times it was heartbreaking and at times it made you rejoice for humanity. Yvette Corporan was told a story by her grandmother - a story of Greeks on a small island hiding 5 Jews from the Nazis and protecting them during Nazi occupation of the island. This story stuck with her but after her grandmother passes away, Yvette wants to know more and starts to research the story. After months of meticulous research and many dead ends, she starts to piece togethe [...]

    12. Something Beautiful HappenedA Story of Survival and Courage in the Face of Evilby Yvette Manessis CorporonHoward BooksBiographies & MemoirsPub Date 12 Sep 2017 I am reviewing a copy of Something Beautiful Happened through Howard Books and Netgalley:Seven decades after her Grandmother helped hide a Jewish Family on a Greek island during the Second World War a woman sets out to track their descendants. 1,795 Jewish peoplecweee transported to Corfu and of those only 121 survived. In October of [...]

    13. Something Beautiful Happened by Yvette Manessis CorporonThis was a very good start to the New Year for me, a really beautiful book. Wow, Wow, something really beautiful happened here. Thank you Louise Roth Fisher for recommending it, I loved every minute!! I cried, I laughed and most important I learnt so much from it. I have googled, utubed all the info and am richer for the experience. The author's family who are not Jewish were residents of a Greek island that hid a Jewish family during the N [...]

    14. This story is about courage of the Greek people during WWII who helped saved a Jewish family from being slaughtered by the Nazis. The entire island kept the secret of the Jewish family that was there in spite of the threat from the Nazis that they would be killed.Even though the Holocaust is over and 70 years have passed, the hatred is still out there. The book ties together people from Greek, Israel, the US, and other places to show how some people are good and will do the right thing in spite [...]

    15. A moving story of a family and their experience with the Nazi's and how that hatred is still affecting Jews and others today. The author's family were residents of a Greek island that hid a Jewish family during the Nazi occupation. After hearing her Yia-Yia tell the stories the author decides that she must do what she can to track down the family members. At the same time, her family is rocked by an anti-Semitic attack in the United States that kills two of her family members. It is a must read [...]

    16. What an incredible story. The book was meticulously and thoroughly researched and the narrative was superb. I was so engrossed in this book I couldn't put it down. Corporon sought to tell the story of how her grandmother and and entire island near Corfu hid a Jewish family from the Nazis. The author relentlessly searched for answers for many questions that remained, along with the assistance of others. Read this book, it will give you hope for the future. Thanks to NetGalley for the advance copy [...]

    17. Sharing a little known story from her own family's history, the author digs deep and untangles a fascinating tale. Corporon's maternal grandmother lived on a small Greek island during WWII and their family hid and protected a Jewish family from the threat of the Nazis. Although wordy at times, this is a story with manner layers which bridges 70 year old experiences with present day experiences. The underlying theme for readers - when faced with evil never let hate prevail.

    18. As a person with a lifelong interest in history, I found this story very interesting. The author did a very good job of portraying the inner conflict of the main character. Without giving the story away, this book makes you think of what is important and what you might do in the same situation. The author's easy style was like sitting with a friend and hearing her story. I really enjoy historical fiction/non-fiction of the WW2 era and this one was quite unique.

    19. Was not a fiction based on tea life events. It was a biography that I was not very interested in learning about. I’m not opposed to survivors that escaped the Nazis. I like that! This was just poorly written. It’s not her first book, which is fictional, but this was just excruciatingly slow. Like molasses. Worse. It just couldn’t get to the good parts fast enough and the good parts were few and far between.

    20. This book gripped me from the very first page and I finished it in record time. Although I have read many books about the Holocaust and WWII, I had no idea about the story of Greek Jews during that period. Now I want to learn more and would love to travel to Corfu. In spite of a personal tragedy, the overall tone of the book was positive and uplifting. It is a testament to how strong some people can be in the face of adversity.

    21. What a lovely story! The author took us on a trip to a beautiful Greek island, introduced us to her family, and shared their traditions and rituals with us. The story of the hidden Jewish family during WWII stuck with her, eating at her, until she dug deep enough to find names and eventually was able to share the story. Great writing. I could picture the aunts and uncles and family gathered around the table for meals. Go read this book!

    22. I am grateful that the author wrote this story down, that she worked so hard to find its missing pieces and people, that she shared her passion with so many others. I wish it was written differently. The storytelling was weak with important details left out and a seeming lack of awareness for pacing and story arc. And the repetition. Gah, the repetition. I feel badly rating this poorly because I truly am grateful but I didn't enjoy reading this.

    23. What a beautiful book about tracking relatives that Yvette Manessis Corporon heard from her grandmother about her people in the Greek island Erikousa hid a Jewish family Savvas and his daughters from the nazis As Yvette and her family had to deal with their lose of family members from a Nazi guy loved the book 📖

    24. There were parts of this book I really loved: Erikousa, the search, the family, the unraveling of it all. I also think it's an especially timely book--the ghosts of the past haunt us even now. However, I think the book lost me somewhere in the middle with too much jumping back and forth. And I never quite got back on track to really enjoy it.

    25. Only a few pages left but had to write a review. I was excited to read this book written by a Greek girl about the holocaust but was deeply disappointed when she kept sidetracking with other stories that I did not feel were related to the subject matter

    26. A book to be read. It's the story of people who stand up quietly against the worst in all of us. It's the story of discovery and anguish. Perhaps best of all it's the story of survival and hope. Thank you yai-yai and thank you Yvette.

    27. An interesting and different WWII family story. The writing is well done and the transitions going back and forth between time periods were perfect. The story of the Greek/Corfu Jews is less known, which makes this a good new read for historical readers.

    28. I enjoyed this book, but something was missing for me. It focused primarily on the process the author went through to find the information about the hidden Jews and how the islanders helped them, but not much at all about the actual events during the war. The writing style also didn't click for me.

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