Menlo Park: Two programs on World War II themes


Two programs devoted to books with World War II themes will be held in the Menlo Park City Council chambers on two Saturdays: April 4 and May 2.

At 11 a.m. on April 4, Christine Witzel will discuss the book she edited, "She Also Served: Letters from a Navy Wife," a collection of letters her mother, Virgilia Witzel, a Menlo Park housewife, wrote as a Navy wife during the war years.

At 11 a.m. Saturday, May 2, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston will speak of her experiences as an American-born child living behind barbed wire in the United States. Her book, "Farewell to Manzanar," co-written with her late husband, James Houston, is the story of Jeanne Wakatsuki, who was sent with his family to live with 10,000 other Japanese Americans at Manzanar internment camp during World War II.

Both events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided, courtesy of the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. Free van service is available for Menlo Park seniors and those with disabilities. Call 330 2501 for van reservations.

The council chambers are at 701 Laurel St. in Menlo Park.

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