Roslyn Franken – Meant to Be

A True Story of Might, Miracles and Triumph of the Human Spirit

It was such an honor to have Roslyn Franken return to Joy on Paper to discuss her book, Meant to Be, a beautifully written true story about her parents, John and Sonja Franken, who were two of the most unlikely survivors of World War II.

Since her previous visit Roslyn has been invited to speak about the Anti-Semitism she writes about in this book -- but also about hate and what it is doing to our world. Roslyn Franken was the first speaker invited to speak to the young people following the Parkland shooting of February 14, 2018.

Her book draws upon the lessons that she learned from from her parents who not only survived unspeakable horror, but lived a life committed to celebrating life and not hate.  To triumph over adversity and to find strength to make the world a better place.

The miracle is not just that they both survived tragedies, but it is also the miracle that brought two people from opposite sides of the world together to fall in love and live a long and happy life.

In Meant to Be, Roslyn writes touchingly about the life of her mother, Sonya, who was born in Holland and was sent to Auschwitz where she escaped death in the gas chambers on the separate occasion. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world John, a Dutch Navy recruit, was captured and sent to a Japanese POW camp. As if that wasn't bad enough, he was not far from Nagasaki when the atomic bomb was dropped on the city. .

As Roslyn writes, "My parents chose to be better, not bitter." Even when Sonja was diagnosed with cancer and John suffered a massive heart attack, they triumphed once again by calling on the same faith and fortitude that carried them through life. Now their daughter, a talented author and inspiration speaker, is dedicating her life to preserving their memory and to help others find the joy of living..

Hate is not something we are born with... -- Roslyn Franken

You will be moved by this book -- it is a story you will want to share with others. I am looking forward to when Meant to Be will become a major motion picture.


Roslyn Franken tells the story of her parents and their vision for a better world in an inspiring story of strength and courage. Ideal for all ages -- young people need to hear about how even in the midst of tragedy, there is hope. They will learn that although bad things might happen in their lives, they should learn from them and grow stronger and never give up. For older people it will remind them that there is still work to be done -- and that it is not too late to heal the world.

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About the Author

Roslyn Franken was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. After being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 29, she found the strength and courage to fight for life in the lessons that she learned from her parents -- never give up and believe that there are miracles.

Following her experience as an adult cancer survivor she is proud to help and encourage other to face life's challenge with courage and a positive attitude. Ten years after her bout with cancer she faced another health problem brought on by stress and her battles with food -- once again she faced the challenge of taking control of her life by writing a book, The A List: 9 Guiding Principles for Healthy Eating and Positive Living,

Now an acclaimed author, Roslyn is in demand as a inspirational speaker who brings hope to those in need of hope and touches the hearts of the thousands of people who are amazed at the strength with which she has faced the many trials in her life.

Roslyn has a Masters Degree from Concordia University in Montreal with a major in Applied Human Sciences. She holds a Certification in Organizational Psychology with a focus on Executive Coaching through the Professional School of Psychology in California and MBTI® Personality Type Assessment Qualification from Psychometrics Canada.



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