Share the holiday spirit with “Christmas from Heaven”
A book and DVD that bring to life the true story of “The Candy Bomber”
Christmas from Heaven is the story of the humble beginnings of what became a beacon of hope to a war-torn land. It is the story of Gail Halvorsen, a young pilot in the US Army Air Corps who was assigned as a cargo pilot to the Berlin Airlift, in which US forces flew much-needed supplies into a Soviet-blockaded Berlin.
As he performed his duties, Lt. Halvorsen began to notice the German children gathered by the fences of Tempelhof Air Base. Knowing that they had very little, he one day offered them some chewing gum. From that small act, an idea sprang: He would “bomb” Berlin with candy. Fashioning small parachutes, he and his crew sent them floating down as they approached the Berlin airport, wiggling the wings of their C-54 as a signal to the children that their anticipated cargo would soon arrive.
Lt. Halvorsen became known by hundreds, if not thousands, of children in Berlin as “Uncle Wiggley Wings” or “The Candy Bomber.” Word soon spread, and donations of candy and other supplies poured in from sympathetic Americans. Lt. Halvorsen’s small idea became a great symbol of hope not only to German children in a bombed-out city but to all those who yearned for freedom.
Famed broadcast journalist and author Tom Brokaw brings this remarkable true story to life in a stunning live performance with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, captured on the accompanying DVD. Also included in the book is a template and directions for creating your own “Candy Bomber” parachutes.
Christmas from Heaven is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at select retailers nationwide.
Reading Christmas stories is one of our family’s favorite Christmas traditions. We love to read tales of love, giving, sacrifice, and joy. It is the way that we bring the spirit of Christmas into our home. This book has found its way onto our reading list. It’s a great story of how kindness can mend broken hearts and turn enemies into friends.
The book is beautifully illustrated with a lot of historical information included to help bring the story to life. We plan on watching the DVD together as a family, as well. I’m sure the story will only be enhanced by the music of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
About the Author:
Tom Brokaw is one of the giants of television journalism. Anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 2004, he also holds the honor of being the only person to host each of NBC News’s major news programs: The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and Meet the Press. He is the author of The Greatest Generation and The Greatest Generation Speaks, among other books. He and his wife, Meredith, have three daughters and five grandchildren.