Daughter of Canada's last POW Nagasaki bomb survivor to speak at Stittsville United Church
By: Stittsville United Church
Roslyn's father, John Franken, from the the former Dutch East Indies, survived the Nagasaki atomic bomb as a Dutch Prisoner of War in Japan. Her mother, Sonja Franken (née Pagrach),from the Netherlands, survived the concentration camps in Nazi Europe. She faced death in the gas chambers at Auschwitz and survived.
Roslyn will tell the remarkable story of her book, Meant to Be, about how her parents survived captivity continents apart during WWII in the most extraordinary of circumstances, and found everlasting love in Montreal, Canada, against all odds where they lived the rest of their lives as proud Canadians. She also shares the lessons learned from her parents as the daughter of these two heroic survivors that can help us all to better our lives and make our world a better place as needed today, more than ever.
When he passed away in Ottawa at age 94, he was recognized nationally as the last Canadian POW Nagasaki Atomic bomb survivor. Even into his 90's, John Franken, was an active participant in the Canadian government program called the Memory Project whereby war veterans go to schools to tell young people about their wartime experiences in hopes that history will not be repeated.
Their daughter, Roslyn Franken, is following in her father's footsteps by giving presentations to diverse audiences including schools across Canada and the United States to: Help young people boost their awareness, compassion and empathy for the experiences of victims and survivors of WWII in Europe and Asia; Learn about the dangers of discrimination, and what bullying, hate and evil can lead to if we don't stop it; Embrace a greater spirit of interfaith and interracial tolerance and respect; and be inspired by Roslyn and her parents with a greater sense of hope and resiliency in the face of adversity.
Her parents' story was the subject of a CBC Gemini award-nominated television documentary called, Tea at the Embassy, and a feature film production of Roslyn's book, Meant to Be, is currently in development (http://www.RoslynFranken.com).
For more information, call 613-836-4962.
Rev. Grant Dillenbeck