Adult Story Hour with Yvette Manessis Corporon
Wed Feb 28th 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Glen Ridge Public Library, 240 Ridgewood Ave, Glen Ridge, NJ
Glen Ridge Public Library is pleased to welcome Yvette Manessis Corporon, the author of Something Beautiful Happened and When the Cypress Whispers. Yvette 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 anti-Semitic violence. 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 memoir 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.