August 19, 2015
Sascha Jean Weinzheimer Jansen:
Imagine an eight year old living on her family’s sugar plantation in the Philippines in December 1941 at the outbreak of WWII. You witness your entire family imprisoned by an invading force and living in prison camps for the next four years including three years at the infamous Japanese Prison camp at Santo Tomas, Philippines. It is not often that we get to hear about world changing events from one who was there and willingly shares those stories. Join us on August 19th at 7 PM for our Member Meeting as Mrs. Sascha Jansen tells us about historic events that were little known during or after WWII. Sascha will also tell us about her organizing and leading survivors on return trips to Manila, Corregidor, Bataan, including her latest trip in February, 2015 to observe the 70th Anniversary of the liberation Santo Thomas Prison Camp.
About Sascha Jean Weinzheimer Jansen
Born in Manila, Philippines, Sascha was raised on her grandfather’s Calamba Sugar Plantation in Laguna. During WWII, Sascha and her family were captured by the Japanese and incarcerated in Santo Tomas prison camp for over three years until their liberation on February 3, 1945 by U.S. troops. Sascha was one of the principle participants in the PBS production THE WAR, a popular and historic Ken Burns Documentary. Mrs. Jansen is now Vice Commander of the Bay Area Civilian Ex-POW organization in California. She also writes for its journal, BEYOND THE WIRE. Sascha is a public speaker for BACEPOW and designs and conducts tours back to the Philippines for ex-POWS. She lives near her children and grandchildren in Vacaville, California.
NOTE: There will be no Monthly Member Meeting in September.
Location:Mesa Beverage Company, Inc.
3200 N. Laughlin Road. Santa Rosa, CA
Directions: From Santa Rosa, take Highway 101 North and exit at Airport Blvd. Turn left on Laughlin Road toward the museum. The Mesa building is located on the left side of the street a couple hundred yards past the museum.