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

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Below is a comment from a congregant from BYBS Hi Karen, We appreciate your willingness to visit the south suburbs to give us an insight into what it was like growing up as the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. It...

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#metoo and yet there is a group of sexual predators that have not been recognized. They are our fathers, brothers, uncles, grandfathers and close family friends. My father sexually abused my mother and living in my home was traumatic and...

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Karen (Karenkaplan@att.net) shared a post from WGN-TV How a north suburban woman’s emotional trauma led her to forgiveness by Larry Potash A follow-up story: Authorities caught the gunmen who broke into a woman’s house in Deerfield three-years ago and tied up...

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  • Rook Reviews

    July 2, 2016 What a beautiful book you have written. Thank you for sharing your life and experiences. The relaxed, conversational prose pulled me right in. I felt as though I had met you and your family members because of the generous way you shared your stories. Although I was raised Catholic ( no longer ...more

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