Resilience, hope, the importance of history.


Marion Blumenthal Lazan – Four Perfect Pebbles, A Holocaust Story




K-2, 3-5, Middle school, High school


At a Distance, Character Education, ELA, Social Studies


Social Studies, Storytelling



Dates Available

We are scheduling virtual visits at this time.

Program Theme

Resilience, hope, the importance of history.

Program Description

Holocaust speaker, Marion Blumenthal Lazan’s unforgettable memoir recalls the devastating years that shaped her childhood. 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 that included Westerbork in Holland and the notorious Bergen-Belsen in Germany. Though they all survived the camps, Walter Blumenthal, Marion’s father, succumbed to typhus just after liberation.

It took three more years of struggle and waiting before Marion, Albert, and their mother at last obtained the necessary papers and boarded ship for 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.

Marion Blumenthal Lazan travels internationally as a holocaust speaker. Contact her if you are interested in having her tell her story to your group or organization.


(516) 374-5958



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