Monday, July 7, 2014

God bless you, Louis Zamperini

With tremendous respect, awe, and sadness, I comment on the life of Louis Zamperini, Olympiad, World War II Air Force bombardier and POW, and the 97-year-old subject of Laura Hillenbrand's 2010 New York Times best-seller, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.

"When I want to know what happened to me in Japan," Mr. Zamperini said, "I call Laura." He had deep affection for Ms. Hillenbrand, who issued a beautiful statement regarding his July 2nd passing.

The motion picture based on Louis's life as chronicled in Unbroken is set to be released in December. It is being directed by Angelina Jolie.

A man who suffered unfathomable cruelty, forgave with unimaginable grace, and lived with admirable dignity, everything good about Mr. Zamperini lives on in this world. It does not cease. It does not go with him. He gave us a legacy of hard truth, easy love, and tremendous spirit. A true American hero.

New York Times article about Mr. Zamperini's life, here.

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