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Marion Blumenthal Lazan


Marion Blumenthal Lazan

Marion Blumenthal Lazan --- author and lecturer --- was born in Bremen, Germany and arrived in the United States at age 13, three years after the end of World War II. Because of her inability to speak English, Marion was placed in the 4th grade with 9 year olds. Through perseverance and determination --- she was able to be graduated 5 years later at age 18 from Peoria Central High School in Illinois --- ranking 8th in a class of 267 students. Marion attended Bradley University on a scholarship. In her adult life, Marion worked in the medical field and did volunteer work and community service. 

Marion began speaking publicly about her Holocaust experiences in 1979; her memoir --- FOUR PERFECT PEBBLES --- was published in 1996. Upwards of one million students and adults in schools, organizations and houses of worship in 38 states, Germany, Holland, Israel and the UK have personally heard Marion share her story, and messages of tolerance and respect. 

Mrs. Lazan gives a moving --- first hand account of the Blumenthal family's life from events preceding Kristallnachto --- imprisonment in Nazi concentration camps and finally, to liberation. She asks her audiences to be tolerant of others and not stereotype individuals based on religious belief, color of the skin or national origin. She stresses the importance of positive thinking as well as creativity and inner strength to overcome adversity. Mrs. Lazan warns her listeners to be true to themselves and not blindly follow a leader.

Marion is a New York State Senate Woman of Distinction. She received the Louis E. Yavner Citizen Award from the New York State Board of Regents for her outrach to schools, religious groups and civic organizations throughout the United States and abroad. 

Marion Blumenthal Lazan lives with her husband Nathaniel in Hewlett, New York. They have 3 married children, 9 beautiful grandchildren, and 2 magnificent great-granddaughters.

Marion Blumenthal Lazan

Books by Marion Blumenthal Lazan

by Lila Perl and Marion Blumenthal Lazan - Biography, Children's 8-12, Children's Nonfiction, History, Holocaust, Jewish Interest, Judiasm, Nonfiction

Following Hitler’s rise to power, the Blumenthal family --- father, mother, Marion, and her brother, Albert --- were trapped in Nazi Germany. They managed eventually to get to Holland, but soon thereafter it was occupied by the Nazis. For the next six and a half years the Blumenthals were forced to live in refugee, transit and prison camps, including Westerbork in Holland and Bergen-Belsen in Germany, before finally making it to the United States. Their story is one of horror and hardship, but it is also a story of courage, hope and the will to survive.