I just finished reading your book over the weekend. The reading experience was very emotional. Your writing style pulled me into the story and I found myself sharing your happiness and grief. I laughed at the beginning of the book….. Later I felt sadness and empathy for your family. You shared such a beautiful story of empathy and understanding.
Writing this book must have felt very vulnerable. I appreciate how you were able to find compassion and forgiveness, and I hope that writing Conjoined gave you some peace.
Your book caused me to reflect on my own life and my belief that there are no coincidences.
Betty – Illinois
March 12, 2022
“I read Karen’s memoir and found it fascinating. Karen, you are now my newest superhero for your fearless search for the truth! Thank you for getting me out of my retirement slump!
-Ruth R. Illinois
I finished your book today and found it “moving”, like no other book I have ever read, I read it in 8 sessions, and each time I had to put the book down and “visualize” the scenes I just read, being a photographer it is very easy to visualize books I read.
Most times my heart was very sad for you and I kept hoping that something was going to turn positive in the next chapter. If I say it was a “difficult” read it was, but it was such a beautiful story as I reached the end, a journey you took even though so so difficult at times, it made a better person of you by creating a “path” of forgiveness.
– B.S. Scottsdale, AZ
“CONJOINED offers readers a Holocaust saga, an understanding of how the past shapes a person’s personality, and the existence and power of the everlasting human soul.”
-Jackie Pilossoph, Creator and Editor-in-chief, Divorced Girl Smiling Podcast, Former Chicago Tribune columnist, “Love Essentially”
“My husband and I are obsessed with your book, CONJOINED. Just bought 10 copies to give to my firends and family. It’s an incredible read.”
S.H. Scottsdale, AZ
“Asking her readers to leave their doubts behind, Karen Kaplan shares her journey of discovery finding answers to Holocaust mysteries in her past and present.”
– Rabbi Len Zukrow, Rabbo Emeritus, Temple Beth El, Munster, Indiana
“CONJOINED: A Holocaust Haunting... is a thrilling and entertaining adveture-a movie waiting to be made.”
-STEVE ZACHARIAS, Emmy Award winer, Screenwriter and Filmaker
“This was an amazing book. I read it non-stop from start to finish. This was last year, but I find myself still thinking about it, and that’s rare for me, so I figured it was worth my writing this review.”
“It’s a very personal story, but it’s also as universal as could be. To me, the book is about how a horrible history, which seems so long-ago, not only permanently warped a young man but continued to cause acute pain to the man’s descendants, 60 and 70 years later. Reading about how the author figured everything out was absolutely fascinating. It was also inspiring. This is a story about history, family, being a detective in your own life, and the necessity and challenges of forgiveness.”
I was moved by your experiences and your message… I too am a child of survivors and a teacher at the Horace Mann School in Riverdale, NY.
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I had always believed, Karen, that our bodies carried “our” trauma and I discussed with my therapist last week what you said in your interview and how I wondered whether I carried my father’s ptsd. She was in agreement with you. Wake up calls galore for me so I am grateful to you for your validation of your own wounds.