Holocaust survivor, author at Bradley April 9

March 19, 2013

Marion Blumenthal Lazan, a Holocaust survivor and co-author of “Four Perfect Pebbles,” will give a presentation at Bradley University on Tuesday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in the Marty Theatre in the Michel Student Center.

The presentation is free for people of all ages but registration is requested. Register online at www.bradley.edu/continue or call 309.677.3900. Refreshments will be served starting at 6:30 p.m.

Marion Blumenthal Lazan speaks of perseverance, determination, faith, and hope. Her story is one of survival - her own and her family's - mother, father and brother, Albert. Trapped in Hitler's Germany, they eventually fled to Holland but were soon caught in the Nazi web. For 6½ years, they lived in refugee, transit and prison camps, including Holland's Westerbork and Germany's Bergen-Belsen, where Anne Frank died.

While incarcerated with her family and deprived of food, clothing and living essentials, Marion imagined her loved ones as what is now the title of her book, Four Perfect Pebbles. If the pebbles did not die, her family would likewise endure. Six days before the British captured Bergen-Belsen, the family was placed above the "death train" destined for Auschwitz. Before reaching Auschwitz, the war ended and Russian troops freed the Blumenthals.

In her presentation, she applies the lessons learned to society today and asks her audience to be tolerant of others and not stereotype individuals based on religious belief, race, color, or national origin.

The presentation is sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Bradley University and is funded from a "Lagniappe" grant from The Bernard Osher Foundation.