Clara Isaacman, née Heller, was born in Romania to a Jewish family and raised in Antwerp, Belgium. During World War II, she was in hiding from the Nazis as a teenager for two and a half years. Her father ventured out to trade diamonds for bread and was picked up by the Nazis and murdered. After the war, she emigrated to the
USA. About 40 years later, she wrote Clara's Story with Joan Adess Grossman, a
book for young readers published in 1984. She was honored by King
Leopold III for her role in the Belgian underground and for assisting
Jewish refugees after the war.