The Secret of Erikoussa

MyHeritage (the sponsor of this newsletter) has been working closely with Emmy Award winning writer, producer and author, Yvette Manessis Corporon. About a year ago Yvette published a book called “When The Cypress Whispers”. The book is fictional but some of it is based on true stories she grew up hearing from her grandmother, including the secret of the Greek Island of Erikoussa.

When the Nazis invaded Corfu, most of the Jewish citizens were killed, but a tailor by the name of Savas was able to escape with his three daughters, and a girl called Rosa, to the nearby Island of Erikoussa. Savas had customers and acquaintances on the island, but what was incredible was that the entire island joined forces – at risk of death – and gave refuge to Savas and his girls, and kept their identity secret from the Nazis, for the duration of the war.

Yvette’s grandmother was one of those islanders. She was good friends with one of the girls, and so Yvette turned to MyHeritage to ask if we could help find the family. The company did just that, and an emotional (although virtual) reunion took place between Yvette, and Rosa’s sons.

How Gilad Japhet, MyHeritage Founder and CEO found the descendants is a true example of genealogy detective work at it’s finest. I invite you to watch this segment from Israeli prime time news (with English subtitles embedded) to see for yourself at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Oijpqpx2gY on YouTube.

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