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Something Beautiful Happened: A Story of Survival and Courage In The Face Of Evil

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We’re excited to introduce a new book by Emmy Award-winning writer, producer, and author, Yvette Manessis Corporon, titled Something Beautiful Happened: A Story of Survival and Courage in the Face of Evil.

We’re offering an exclusive discount to MyHeritage users and are also giving away three signed copies! See below for discount and links to buy.

In her new book, Yvette reflects on her family’s history and confronts issues of heroism and bravery of generations past and, sadly, also racism and ensuing tragedy that still exists in this day and age. Watch Yvette talk about Something Beautiful Happened in this moving interview:

It has already received rave reviews, such as this one by Karen Abbott, New York Times bestselling author.

Something Beautiful Happened is both an engrossing peek into a little-known chapter of World War II, and one family’s harrowing tale of finding the lost pieces of its own history. With impeccable research and rich detail, Yvette Manessis Corporon deftly intertwines these narratives to create a powerful and unforgettable memoir. I will be thinking about these characters for a long time to come.

Yvette’s first novel, When the Cypress Whispers, was inspired by her grandmother’s memories of Ereikoussa, the small Greek island north of Corfu where she lived. She delved deep into her family history uncovering the tale of how her grandparents, along with their neighbors, hid a Jewish family on the island during World War II, saving them from the Nazis. Yvette desperately wanted to discover what happened to the family after the war. For her, the story remained incomplete.

In her new book, Something Beautiful Happened, Yvette describes the journey she embarked on while tracking down the descendants of the Jewish tailor Savvas and his children who were hidden on the island. In November 2013, she contacted MyHeritage to ask for help in finding Savvas’ descendants. With assistance from the MyHeritage research team, they were able to finally uncover the true story of the hidden family.

Immediately understanding the importance of uncovering and sharing this amazing story of bravery, MyHeritage Founder and CEO, Gilad Japhet, accepted the challenge.

MyHeritage embarked on a genealogical journey to uncover the mysteries of this long-kept secret. Starting with just five first names (Savvas, his three daughters Spera, Julia and Nina, and another child, Rosa) we were successful in locating descendants of the family in the U.S. and Israel.

Over seventy years after Savvas’ death, the complete story was brought to life. In early 2015, Yvette and a team from MyHeritage traveled to Ereikoussa. In an official island ceremony, the descendants of the Jewish family hidden during WWII on the island and descendants of the courageous Greek Islanders who risked their lives to save this family were reunited. The families were glad to have the opportunity to honor the island’s residents for their courageous efforts, after so many years. The reunion was extremely emotional for everyone.

Yvette in an emotional embrace with Avraham Hassid, a descendant of one of the children saved by the inhabitants of Ereikoussa during WWII.

Through the research, the MyHeritage team uncovered many emotional side stories, and our journey became a larger project to reconstruct the history of the Jewish community of Corfu.

Not long after Yvette was finally able to make the connection with the family that her ancestors helped save, Yvette’s own family suffered a great tragedy at the hand of evil. Her cousin’s child was gunned down in a parking lot in Kansas, the victim of a neo-Nazi out to inflict as much harm as he could.

Yvette has witnessed both the beauty of humanity in her family’s story, as well as the darkness of hatred, in the cruel killing of her cousin’s son. These two contradictions have affected the way she tells her story in Something Beautiful Happened and will leave you reflecting upon your own life and the world we live in.

The book is now on sale and you can order with an exclusive 25% discount using the code BEAUTIFUL, valid until September 19 in the U.S. only.

To order the book internationally, you can order it on Amazon.com or use the following links:

Amazon Canada

Amazon U.K.

Amazon Germany

In honor of the book’s release, we’re giving away three signed copies to three lucky readers!

To enter, comment on this blog post with a story of bravery in your family. Three lucky winners will be chosen at random, and they’ll receive a signed copy of Something Beautiful Happened: A Story of Survival and Courage in the Face of Evil.

As Yvette says:

History does not exist just in textbooks, it’s all around us, it’s in our homes.

To take to heart the lessons of her thought-provoking book, Something Beautiful Happened, make sure to sit down with your relatives to preserve your family’s stories for future generations.

 

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  • Deborah Oneal


    September 3, 2017

    This sounds like an amazing story of courage and perseverance. I look forward to reading it not just from the genealogy aspect but the beautiful story itself

  • LDC


    September 4, 2017

    Bravery in my family came in the form of all of those who left one country to live in another with no promises or guarantees, only hope. How much courage must it have taken to leave everything they knew behind, possibly forever, to try to survive (let alone thrive) in uninhabited locations??? That all AFTER taking the incredibly long and dangerous journey over land and sea to get to their destinations – a feat which, on its own, would be considered brave!

  • Valerie McKenna


    September 14, 2017

    This definitely sounds like a book I would enjoy reading. The Jews were so badly treated by Hitler during the war that it makes me sick thinking about it. And yet there are people out there who actually do not believe it happened. Valerie

  • Theresa McVean


    September 14, 2017

    I’m looking forward to reading something beautiful happened. In my family, the story of bravery is recent. In the early 1940s, my father and his sister were left at the church in the town that I come from in Canada. They were, fortunately, raised by the same foster family. Through DNA and building speculative family trees, I found out who my father’s parents and ancestors were. His parents passed away almost 50 years ago, but the point for me was to know who we came from – his heritage, and what their particular story was. So now we know. We also learned that my father’s best friend is actually his first cousin.

  • Barbara


    September 16, 2017

    Wonderful heartfelt story of survival ad midst the horrors of war

  • Rachel Addicoat


    September 16, 2017

    Beautiful story written by a courageous lady.