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Holocaust Survivor Shares Concentration Camp Story with Thomas Jefferson Students


Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan speaks to Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School students about her six and a half years in a concentration camp until she was ten years old. Students read the book about her life, "Four Perfect Pebbles."

She tours the country lecturing at more than 15-hundred schools.      
     She's the co-author of the autobiography whose  the title comes from a game she played in the concentration camps.
     Matching pebbles representing members of her family, if found they would live.
     She shared  her  survival story with students hoping they will share it with friends and their future generations so the holocaust cant never happen again.  

   Lazan says, "The worst experience was when I was 9 and 10 and half in Bergen-Belsen camp where Anne frank lost her life and I definitely remember. Death was an everyday occurrence. The dark  quarters often caused us to trip  and fall over the dead over bodies not  taken away fast enough." 

 She tells students malnutrition, dysentery and frostbite were common. "We would treat our affected toes and fingers with the warmth of our own urine."
And what happened to those who attempted escape. She says, "The failure of their attempts was obvious when we saw their lifeless bodies hanging electrocuted against the barbed wire.  

Students read the book about Marion's experience but know hearing it from her means much more. 

Seventh grader Aaron Wells says, "It  kind of made me  understand how bad war really is. Before I didn't know how painful, how  bad it actually was but now you can understand how much  suffering and pain people go through and how much death there actually is."

Even though she was always in pain and starved,  weighing just 35 pounds at liberation in 1945 when she was ten and a half years old, Marion says there was something worse in her experience.

"the emotional fear,  always afraid of what would happen next, afraid who would die next. Would  my mother  come back from her work duties.  The fear was the worst thing to deal with."

 Marion is worried that hers might be the last generation 
to share stories of the holocaust so she makes a request of the students to share her stories with friends and their own children. 
 Marion says, "Someday these young people that I address will have to bear witness  when we're not  here any longer. They're the ones who will have to bear witness.
The horror of the holocaust must be taught must be studied must be kept alive. Only then  can we guard it from ever happening again.
Marion will offer a lecture for adults on Wednesday evening at 6:30pm in the Thomas Jefferson concert hall. 

She has a web site with face book links.  To get there click here.


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