Yvette Corporon’s Tale of Islander Bravery Featured on the Today Show


Emmy Award-winning writer, producer, and author, Yvette Manessis Corporon, was recently interviewed on the Megyn Kelly TODAY show about her book ‘Something Beautiful Happened: A Story of Survival and Courage in the Face of Evil’.

The story began back in November 2013, when Yvette contacted MyHeritage to ask for help in finding the descendants of the Jewish tailor — Savvas — from Corfu, Greece. Savvas had been hidden with his family on Ereikoussa during the war, and Yvette wanted to discover what happened to his family after the war. MyHeritage accepted the challenge and embarked on a genealogical journey to uncover the details this long-kept secret. We were successful in locating descendants of the family in the U.S. and in Israel. We later participated in the reunion of the families at an official ceremony on the Island.

Not long after helping Yvette find Savvas’ descendants, in a tragic twist of fate, two members of her extended family were murdered when a neo-Nazi opened fire at a local Jewish community center.

Yvette chronicled the emotional story in her book which she talked about with TODAY’s Megyn Kelly:

We have three signed copies of Yvette’s book to give away to three lucky winners!

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 mailed to them.

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  • Kori Kruse

    July 6, 2018

    the brother of my 3G Grandfather went to Philadelphia in 1868 to start a new life. One year before he was godfather of my 2G Grandfather. With his name on the christening certificate i was able to connect to the US brother. His name in german was Carl August Heinrich Stammfuss and in Philly he was called (Charles) Henry. He married a irish young woman and had 7 children. With analyzing the family i found out that there was a german society and it was probably really hard to live there. only two female children of him married and had other children. One married to a german and there is still a huge family today with the name Vogel. i have contact to a lot of cousins in philly and new jersey and glas to know them and be somehow a part of them.

  • Naomi Gonzalez

    July 19, 2018

    My great great grandfather, Capt. Jefferson Hunt, was the captain of Company A in the Mormon Battalion in 1846. The Mormon Battalion marched from Council Bluffs Iowa to San Diego California. This is the longest march in U.S. history. Along the way he was instrumental in the tough negotiations with the Tohono O’odom tribe of Arizona to get water for the troops and horses in exchange for goods. He is memorialized in Tuscon Arizona with a statue of him and 2 others, entitled “The Exchange.”

    Capt. Jefferson Hunt went on to lead his troops to San Diego California where they built the city courthouse out of bricks they made themselves. Bricks were new to the local community who embraced the battalion for its industry.

    Capt Jefferson Hunt and his two wives are memorialized with statues and wonderful informational presentations at the Mormon Battalion Visitors Center in Old Town San Diego.

    After completing his U.S. Army assignment in San Diego Capt Jefferson Hunt went on to lead his troops to establish San Bernardino California. He also helped establish several other cities in California. Often he met with resistance from the local community but his welcoming and loving spirit helped ease the tensions and smooth the way for the troops to complete their duties of helping to establish California cities.

    By the end of his U.S. Army career he was a General.

    I am a descendant of the second wife, Sarah Jeanette Weaver.