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Hello! You asked what Louie referred to as 'fearfully beautiful' in 'Unbroken: A World War II Story Of Survival, Resilience And Redemption.'

Louis Silvie Zamperini is the son of Italian immigrants. In the early morning of August 26, 1929, Louis and his older brother are woken up by a loud sound coming from outside, a 'huge, heavy rush, suggesting immensity, a great parting of air.' What they see is the German dirigible, Graf Zeppelin. Louis tells us that it is nearly 800 feet long and 110 feet high. It is also more 'luxurious than the finest airplane,' and in 1929, Louis tells us that Graf Zeppelin was the wonder of the world.

We learn that the Graf Zeppelin is completing a circumnavigation of the globe and that it is a completely 'sensational feat of aeronautics.' When it passes over Torrance, California, where the boys live with their parents, Louis is entranced. He calls the Graf Zeppelin 'fearfully beautiful.'

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