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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 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 70 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.

©2017 Howard Books (P)2017 Oasis Audio

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  • Cellowoman
  • 21-09-2017

Absolutely wonderful! Thank you, Yvette.

This is a moving and inspirational story. My family is here. I am grateful for the beautiful way Yvette wove her story lines back and forth between the Nazi occupation of Corfu and Erikoussa and the tragedy of white supremacy and neo-nazi ideology today.

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  • E. Hancock
  • 21-12-2017

Narrator abysmal

The story was interesting, but the narration was so distracting. The names of people and places were butchered, even basic things like Yiayia and Pappou were mispronounced. I’m surprised the author was okay with this reading.

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  • Susan Carson
  • 18-06-2018

Wonderful story, but hard to listen to.

The story is fascinating, but the narration was very infantile. I chose not to finish it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-04-2021

Not for me

I would rather watch paint dry than try to listen to this book again. May be great for someone else but it did not hold my interest.

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  • robyn sargetakis
  • 19-04-2021

Poor narrator distracts from the story

If you are the least bit familiar of the Greek language you will continually cringe at the narrator’s accent. It is awful. Her poor pronunciation constantly takes you away from the beautiful story being shared.

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