Leslie Brittman Literary Event Kicks Off JBookFest with Story of Greek Island that Saved Jews in WWII

Leslie Brittman Literary Event Kicks Off JBookFest with Story of Greek Island that Saved Jews in WWII

Left to right: Rochelle Kraus, Yvette Corporon, and Marvin Brittman. Credit: Dave Hawks

By Dave Hawks

Yvette Manessis Corporon’s novel, “Something Beautiful Happened: A Story of Survival and Courage in the Face of Evil,” was the perfect way to commence JBookFest 2018 at the third annual Leslie Brittman Literary Event. The event is underwritten by the Leslie S. Brittman Literary Fund, a fund dedicated to fostering a love of literature and the sharing of ideas, through the Jewish Foundation of Austin & Central Texas, a branch of Shalom Austin.

A stunning testimony unveils the story of an entire Greek island that hid and protected a Jewish family from the Nazis during World War II. The impetus of that protection? Corporon’s very own grandmother.

The novel is a product of the 7-year journey Corporon embarked upon to track down the descendants of that family, learn the full story of their experience, and share with them her personal connection to the woman who saved their grandparents.

The Austin community gathered October 20 to hear from Corporon firsthand about the process that led to the creation of her book, and in turn, felt her incredible passion for spreading the truth that evil does not always win.

In addition to being a beautifully written piece of literature, Corporon's book is also a foundational set of values that she seeks to share with the world. ■

For information on upcoming JBookFest events, visit shalomaustin.org/JBookFest.

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