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May 4, 2018  RSS feed
Schools

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Tampa Bay author brings personal perspective on triumphing over trauma to Parkland students


Roslyn Franken, center, with students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 were killed by a gunman on Feb. 14. All the students received a copy of Franken’s book, which details her parents’ inspiring life story. Roslyn Franken, center, with students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 were killed by a gunman on Feb. 14. All the students received a copy of Franken’s book, which details her parents’ inspiring life story. Roslyn Franken knows about hope and healing when it comes to survival and overcoming adversity. Her mother survived the concentration camps of Nazi Europe, including Auschwitz. Her father survived the Nagasaki atomic bomb as a prisoner of war in Japan. At 29, Roslyn survived cancer to become a long-term survivor.

On April 12, Franken spoke to survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, sharing her parents’ inspiring story and the positive influence they had on her life. That story is told in her book, Meant to Be: A True Story of Might, Miracles and Triumph of the Human Spirit.

Her visit to Parkland marked the launch of a speaking tour Franken will make across the United States and Canada.

“Roslyn was able to bring such a positive experience to my students as they were feeling so down about everything,” said Ivy Schamis, who teaches the history of the Holocaust at Stoneman Douglas High. “She brought so much brightness and hope to the students and just watching the way they were watching her when she spoke was just amazing. The kids were very enraptured by what she said and we are so thankful she was able to come to our school because any little bit of healing helps and Roslyn Franken did a lot of healing.”

Franken said of her talk with the students, “We all have a choice in life. We can be bitter or we can choose to be better. So that message, I think, really resonated with the kids. You survived, and you’re here, and that’s why you need to make the most of your life, like my parents did.”

Franken also recently spoke about her book at the Israel Independence Day celebration, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties. A feature film adaptation of Franken’s book is in development through Five Star Studios Inc.

For more information about the book or to invite Franken to speak at schools, visit www.RoslynFranken.com, call (613) 843- 0155 or email info@roslynfranken.com.


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