Marion Blumenthal Lazan lived through one of the most horrific periods in history as a refugee and then a prisoner in a Nazi prison camp during the Holocaust. But she survived.
After gaining freedom, Lazan’s family moved to the United States when she was 13. For years, Lazan kept her experiences buried, but in 1996, she shared her story in the book “Four Perfect Pebbles,” which she co-authored with Lila Perl. Lazan now travels the country and abroad to speak to students and adults in schools, organizations, synagogues, and churches.
Lazan will speak at Ohio Valley University on Tuesday, February 11, at 7 p.m. in Roberts Chapel. This presentation is open to the public and free of charge. “Four Perfect Pebbles” will be available for sale and autograph after the presentation.
“It is unusual for someone to have the chance to hear history firsthand. Now that we are nearly 70 years removed from the Holocaust, it becomes rarer and rarer to be able to hear from a survivor,” Dr. Steven Hardy, dean of OVU’s College of Arts and Sciences, said. “Marion’s lessons are timeless: to be tolerant of others and not to stereotype individuals; to use positive thinking, creativity, and inner strength to overcome adversity; and to be true to yourself and not blindly follow a leader.”
Lazan’s book and presentations have been positively reviewed by people such as filmmaker Steven Spielberg and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, as well as teachers, students, and others. Her powerful story will resonate with audience members.
Lazan’s visit to the Mid-Ohio Valley will also include speaking engagements at Jackson Middle School, Hamilton Middle School, Belpre High School, and WVU-P. Funding for the presentation is provided by the McDonough Foundation.
Chartered in 1958, Ohio Valley University is a residential faith-based Tier I institution with four colleges offering 35 undergraduate degrees and a master of education degree to students from 28 states and 14 nations. To learn more about the university, visit www.ovu.edu.