A True Story of Might, Miracles and Triumph of the Human Spirit
It was meant to be that Roslyn Franken would be a guest on Joy on Paper to talk about her book: Meant to Be, A True Story of A True Story of Might, Miracles and Triumph of the Human Spirit
Why? Because the title comes from a Yiddish word that has always been important to me: bashert -- which is translated: meant to be.
It was a favorite word of my mother-in-law, Mina -- and the minute I heard the title of the book I knew that getting to talk to Roslyn was meant to be....
In fact, I have always thought of that word in relation to Joy on Paper. I had no experience in radio when I started this program. My only claim to fame was that I had read over 10,000 books. (I know that's true because at its height my library consisted of over 6,000 books.) Even I didn't know why I collected so many books...my family had long time ago stopped asking me why...my husband didn't even raise an eyebrow when I spotted a second hand book store -- he knew I couldn't resist.
So when I started Joy on Paper my mother-in-law's favorite word came to mind: bashert.
It was truly an honor to welcome Roslyn to Joy on Paper. She has written an unforgettable true story of her parents, John and Sonja Franken - two unlikely survivors of World War II. It is truly amazing that two Dutch children, born on opposite sides of the world, would suffer horrific tragedies: John was captured by the Japanese and spent WWII as a POW in Japan, while in Europe, Sonja was taken by the Nazis from her home in The Netherlands and sent to a series of concentration camps, including Auschwitz. She escaped death in the gas chambers on three separate occasions, while John escaped the bombing of Nagasaki because a few months earlier he had volunteered to work in the mines. It is a miracle that they survived the hands of their brutal captors and after the war met and found a love that is a testament to the greatness of their personalities. They never gave up, they held on to life.
Roslyn's powerful story of her amazing parents and about her own determination to overcome the cancer is a compelling read. Meant to Be is inspiring and reminds us of the universal message that life is wonderful and worth fighting for -- not just for ourselves, but for what we can do to help others.
- April 17, 2019 at 1:00pm: The Palms of Largo Regal Palms, 300 Lake Ave NE, Largo, FL 33771
- April 17, 2019 at 6:30pm: Brooksville First United Methodist Church, 109 S. Broad St., Brooksville, FL 34601
You will be able to buy a book and have it signed -- and get a selfie to share on your social media.
If you belong to an organization or group looking for an inspirational speak, contact Roslyn at this link: