Roslyn Franken inspires Dutch teens with parents' love story after surviving horrors of WWII

Roslyn Franken delivered a series of four school presentations to hundreds of students in the Netherlands age 14 – 17 to tell the story of her parents' remarkable survival, love and triumph over evil as Holocaust and atomic bomb survivors.
Roslyn Franken speaking to students
Roslyn Franken speaking to students
SPRING HILL, Fla. - Jan. 6, 2024 - PRLog -- Roslyn Franken's mother, Sonja, survived the concentration camps of Nazi Europe. At 15, she was taken to Camp Vught in the Netherlands, the only SS concentration camp outside Nazi Germany during the Second World War. She was imprisoned there for a year before being deported to Auschwitz where she faced death in the gas chambers three times and survived. Roslyn's father, John, was 18 when he was captured by the Japanese to become a prisoner of war. He survived the Nagasaki atomic bomb.

According to Roslyn, "With rising teen depression and suicide, teens need to hear this story, now more than ever. I teach teens that they may go through terrible things in life, but still find love and joy in the aftermath. My parents are incredible role models for people of all ages and especially our youths."

She also discusses how at the end of the Second World War a global vow was taken by the United Nations that said 'never again'.  "These teens are the future, the next generation. They need to know that they can do things differently. They don't have to let things like this happen again and again. It all starts with them, and I want to teach them that they have the power of making their own choices in their thoughts, beliefs and actions," says Franken.

One of the events was covered by the media on DTV Niews Dutch television and the Brabant Dagblad Dutch newspaper.

Roslyn wrote an award-winning book about her parents' story called Meant to Be: A True Story of Might, Miracles and Triumph of the Human Spirit, which is currently in development for production as a feature film.

"A daughter's moving tribute to her parents, full of heartbreak that leads to uplift"  - Kirkus Review

"A beautiful, moving book that will touch the heart" - NFAA Book Awards Program Review

Roslyn's book is featured in the collections at the prestigious Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, National Museum of American Jewish Military History in Washington. It is also available for purchase on site at the museum store of  the Florida Holocaust Museum of St. Petersburg in Florida and the Camp Vught National Memorial in the Netherlands. It is also available on Roslyn Franken's website at, Amazon and other major online book retailers.

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