Holocaust survivor’s daughter learns how to escape lifelong struggle with anxiety, resentment and anger

Being the child of a Holocaust survivor can be difficult. Who could possibly understand the horrific experience? But one woman from the northern suburbs learned a lesson in forgiveness that could be helpful for anyone living with fear, anger or...

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Terror Hits Home: The Chicago Jewish News Cover Story

Karen’s story has also been published in the Deerfield Patch “Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness.” -Eckhart Tolle It had been months since my children were all home and I couldn’t...

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Excerpt: Descendants of Rajgród

Just one mile south of Rajgród, toward Grajewo, off Highway 61 and near the border of another small village (named Opartowa), we found another dirt road leading to another village (named Okoniówce), where we turned off toward the lake. We...

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About Karen

Karen L. Kaplan was born and raised in West Rogers Park, a Jewish neighborhood on the north side of Chicago. She received her B.A. from the...

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Rajgród Memorial

Click the button below to download a PDF with information about the installation, desecration and repair of the Rajgrod monument

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    July 11, 2016 The Cornelia Street Cafe with Karen Kaplan and Robin Hirsch Interesting evening at Cornelia Street Cafe…..What brought my friend Renee and I to the Village was Karen Kaplan discussing her book about growing up in a family of Holocaust survivors & why forgiveness was crucial to “moving on and living a healthy, ...more

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