Marion Blumenthal Lazan, a Holocaust survivor
On the students at the MS/HS had the unique and wonderful experience of listening to Marion Blumenthal Lazan, a Holocaust survivor, as she visited our building. Her story told the students of her personal experience of being trapped in Hitler's Germany, living in a refugee camp turned into a prison camp in Holland, spending over a year of her childhood at the infamous concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen, and awaiting her fate on the infamous death trains towards the end of the war. Her story, however, did not end there. She told the students of her experiences after World War II, moving throughout Europe and settling in the United States. She brought with her a message of hope, tolerance, forgiveness, and perseverance through the most difficult situations.
Many students, throughout the building, prepared for her visit by reading her memoir, Four Perfect Pebbles. After she concluded her presentation, Mrs. Lazan asked students to stay, talk with her, and get any books signed. It was truly an amazing experience with an important message that no one could forget.