Holocaust survivor speaks to high school students
|Marion Blumenthal Lazan speaking to grades eight through 12 in the LSHS PAC.|
Highlights from Guest Speaker Marion Blumenthal Lazan: Holocaust Survivor Assembly
One of the ways Lazan coped with the harsh conditions in the camps was by playing a game, which was the inspiration for the title of her book, Four Perfect Pebbles. To feel a sense of safety, she would look for four pebbles of similar shape and size. If she could find all four, she believed it meant that all four members of her family would survive. She, her mother, and her brother survived the Holocaust, but her father died shortly after their concentration camp was liberated. Now, she travels to different places to tell her story.
|Lazan's book, Four Perfect Pebbles.|
Eventually, she was able to find that future in the United States. She worked diligently to learn English and graduated from high school eighth in her class. Her optimism and hard work enabled her to overcome her difficult circumstances.
The main messages that Lazan wished to impart were the idea that people should be kind to each other and celebrate their differences and the fact that the Holocaust was a real, horrible part of history.
|Lazan spoke to a standing room only PAC as students in grades eight through 12 listened to the Holocaust survivor.|
We can also help prevent a terrible event like that by accepting others’ differences and making sure that we treat others with kindness and respect.
Click here for more information about Lazan's book, Four Perfect Pebbles: A True Story of the Holocaust.
--Sarah Goldberg, LS News Reporter