Leave a Comment print Dear Ellen, Your phone number and a good time to reach you, please, Marion 56 thoughts on “Leave a Comment” Juan Cruz September 24, 2014 at 5:40 pm I cry.. I smile.. and get furious…and I hurt…most of all I love..It all happens when I read Four Perfect Pebbles..Thank You Marion…. Reply ↓ Gatlinn Hurley February 9, 2015 at 2:52 pm this was amazing Reply ↓ Gatlinn Hurley February 9, 2015 at 2:52 pm i loved it + Reply ↓ Paige Cann February 10, 2015 at 4:18 am i loved your performance at Columbia Central High school. I learned so much more. you are such an amazing lady, i wanted to come up to the stage and hug you but i was trying not to cry. Reply ↓ Gloria Wagner March 1, 2015 at 5:27 pm Thank you so much for sharing a wonderful experience with me. What a wonderful way to say Thank You. Nathaniel looks great also. You have touched the lives of so many children and adults with your story which I am sure they will relate to their children. In our travels to Eastern Europe we have encountered so much antisemitism, especially in Budapest. People killing other people just because they practice another religion is rampant. But through your talks and your book, I would be grateful if we even saved one person’s life. You are the conduit to teaching society to respect each other based on your experiences. I still would like to meet you and Nathaniel for lunch. Let me know when you are available. Also if you are having a presentation in NY let me know so my husband can finally see what I talk about frequently. Love to all, Gloria Wagner Reply ↓ Principle Kelly April 20, 2015 at 6:43 pm Dear Marion Blumenthal Lazen, We here at Bernardsville Middle School, NJ, would be very honored in hosting an appearance from you. The 8th grade students are currently reading your inspiring book and would be so overwhelmed if you visited. For any inquiries please contact me at 908-552-5615. Shalom, Principle Shawn Kelly Reply ↓ Marion Blumenthal Lazan Post authorApril 3, 2016 at 11:48 am Apologies for the late response! I did not see your post on my website. We are going to be in your area this coming week, speaking in Oak Ridge and West Milford, NJ. On a later trip this spring, we will be in Wayne, New Vernon and Maplewood. Thank you for your interest. Please contact me at MARION@fourperfectpebbles.com – I would love to speak with you! Reply ↓ Marion Blumenthal Lazan Post authorJune 16, 2016 at 3:35 pm By the way Shawn, we were just practically next door to you at the Harding Township School in New Vernon/Basking Ridge! It would have been nice to visit Bernardsville Middle School. Have a great summer. Hugs, Marion. Reply ↓ Diane Cale April 21, 2015 at 2:48 pm Dear Marion and Nathaniel, I have just returned home from attending your presentation at Auburn Junior High School. Your message and the sincerity with which you spoke has touched me profoundly. As one of your generation, the horrors of the Holocaust were realized as a truth; but not as an experience for me. Your personal story brought the suffering and indescribable cruelty to a closer reality. For many years I was a Social Studies teacher and teaching this period of history was one that I felt most strongly about. Hearing you speak today was a blessing. My heart aches for your personal suffering as well as that of your family. Thank you for sharing your story. It is one that all the world should hear, May God bless and keep you. You are truly an inspiration. Diane Cale Reply ↓ Linda Conway April 22, 2015 at 9:36 pm Tonight I listened to an incredible story of survival and hope from Marion Blumenthal Lazan in Corning, NY. To hear her story of strength and fortitude to survive the horrors she and her family faced at the hands of the Nazis gave me a better respect of the Holocaust survivors who tell their stories in hopes this will never happen again to any human being. Her story is an inspiration to us. She asked one favor of all who attended “to tell her story and the stories of others who survived the Holocaust to our children, grandchildren, friends and all who will listen. We need to make sure their stories are never forgotten”. Reply ↓ Michael Botermans June 24, 2015 at 4:40 am Dear Marion Blumenthal Lazan, It is my great pleasure and deepest honor to write to you from East Africa. My name is Michael Botermans. I am a Canadian (retired teacher of 25 years in the Canadian Arctic) with my own children’s home in Kenya, East Africa, for homeless street children, orphans, sick children with HIV/AIDS, and at-risk children. I would very much appreciate if I can purchase an autographed copy of your book, Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story. Can you please tell me the total cost in U.S. Dollars (include shipping and handling) and how I can send you that money? Below is my mailing address in Canada, as I do not have a fixed address in Kenya. I thank you kindly, Marion, and admire your courage, dedication, life story and advocacy for goodness in the world. I am a very close friend of a fellow Holocaust survivor and author, Ben Lesser, and of whom I have had the privilege of traveling with across the Canadian Northwest during two of his speaking tours to schools and communities about his experience in Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Dachau and Durnhau labor camp. I have visited Sachsenhausen in 1997 and Auschwitz-Birkenau on 7 different occasions. As a teacher I always made it my quest to teach my students about the Holocaust so that they would learn (many for the first time) and never forget. Yours respectfully, Michael Botermans 458 Wellington Street, Brantford, Ontario, Canada, N3S 4B4 Reply ↓ Marion Blumenthal Lazan Post authorJune 16, 2016 at 3:37 pm Dear Michael, not being great with computers, I just came across your note now. Are you still interested in purchasing the book? In any event, thank you for your interest in Four Perfect Pebbles and best wishes for good health in a peaceful world. Hugs, Marion. Reply ↓ Lily Sleeth November 3, 2015 at 5:05 pm Also, I forgot to put Dear Marion Blumenthel Lazan. Also, my address is: 216 God’s Country ln Cameron, WV 26033. Thanks! Lily Sleeth Reply ↓ Marion Blumenthal Lazan Post authorNovember 23, 2015 at 3:30 pm Dear Lily, Thank you for your sweet note. Albert, my brother is 83 years old.I hope you get to read my memoir – Four Perfect Pebbles. For more information about the Holocaust – go to this website – the US Holocaust Museum website http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005143 Hug, Marion Reply ↓ Justin March 31, 2016 at 8:51 pm Dear Mrs Blumethal, I wanted to take the time and thank you for coming to our school and giving us the opportunity to hear about your experience. It was very special to hear it from a first hand account. I think it is a important event to cover in history and should never be forgotten and people should be educated about this so it doesn’t happen again. Reply ↓ Christian April 4, 2016 at 7:42 pm I just want to thank you for coming to my school. I really enjoyed hearing your family stories, they were very inspirational. The book was amazing too! I felt so bad for you when the boiling soup spilled on your leg. Again, thank you so much for what you did, its truly inspiring. Reply ↓ Marion Blumenthal Lazan Post authorApril 4, 2016 at 7:59 pm Dear Christian, Thank you for your kind note. Best wishes for a wonderful future. Hugs, Marion Reply ↓ DeLisa Ging April 12, 2016 at 12:47 pm Hello Marion and Nathaniel, Thank you so much for coming to Enid and Northern Oklahoma College yesterday. Both of you are fireballs of energy with an important message to share, one of kindness, tolerance, and respect for others. You are wonderfully gracious individuals who left an indelible impression on all in attendance at last night’s performance. With much gratitude, DeLisa Ging Northern Oklahoma College Reply ↓ Nandini May 25, 2016 at 7:22 pm Dear Mrs. Lazan. Today I met you at my school, Avon Middle School in Avon,Ct. I even got the chance to hug you! But I left as soon as the hug was over and I had no time to tell you anything. But, in truth, I had no words to say. You are a very remarkable person and the most sweetest person I have ever met. Your message inspired me and I hope it will help the world become a little better. Best Wishes to you and your family, Nandini Anupoju firstname.lastname@example.org Reply ↓ Marion Blumenthal Lazan Post authorMay 25, 2016 at 9:31 pm Dear Nandini – Thank you for your heart-warming message. With this note from you, you made my day! Love, and many hugs, Marion Reply ↓ Marion Blumenthal Lazan Post authorJuly 29, 2016 at 10:08 am Thank you very much for your kind comments. Speaking of marriage, Nathaniel and I will be married B”H 63 years this coming Tuesday. Hugs, Marion. Reply ↓ Emerson Toole February 24, 2017 at 12:26 pm Thank you so much for the good time I had on 2/24/17, and thank you so much for signing my book, I will cherish it forever. It was an honor to meet a true survivor and your husband Nathanial was very good at taking pictures. I love your hugs and you feel like a grandma to me. Ps. I am from Vero Beach, Florida Reply ↓ Marion Blumenthal Lazan Post authorMay 13, 2017 at 10:53 pm Best wishes, Marion Reply ↓ Noelle February 24, 2017 at 12:45 pm Dear Mrs Marion, If you remember me I am Noelle… we saw each other for a field trip. I just wanted to thank you for being such an inspiration for me and my fellow classmates. You are such an amazing person . Thank you again. Sincerly, Noelle Reply ↓ Marion Blumenthal Lazan Post authorMay 13, 2017 at 10:52 pm Hugs, Marion Reply ↓ Mr. Marcus DePasquale May 2, 2017 at 11:38 am Dear Marion, It was so wonderful to see you and Nathanial again after a few years! It was good to see you well and in good spirits, as it always seems. I truly appreciate your time and with our students and the message that you make so eloquently clear. Our students have already made it clear that your have touched and impacted them. Rest assured that many of them will continue to carry on your story and insight. I am honored and grateful to have you in our lives! I would like to thank you and wish you the best! Our Love Always, Jackson Middle School, Villa Park, IL, Students and Faculty Reply ↓ Marion Blumenthal Lazan Post authorMay 13, 2017 at 10:52 pm Dear Marcus, It was wonderful be back in Villa Park once again. Hugs, Maarion Reply ↓ Ella May 2, 2017 at 11:47 am Hello I just heard your speech and I am a student. I wanted to ask you a question, but it did not seem appropriate at the time. My entire family was from Peoria IL and I was wondering if you knew some of my family. Some of my family family’s last names are Coffee, Tomlin, and Borho. I was wondering if you or your husband knew those names. I was so glad you came to my school, It was life changing! Please let me know if you have ever known my family or any of my family members since they have lived there. Thank you so much for your time and coming to our school. Reply ↓ Marion Blumenthal Lazan Post authorMay 13, 2017 at 10:54 pm The question is ??? Reply ↓ Nathan Sipps August 30, 2017 at 3:13 pm hello this is Nathan Sipps I was wondering did you ever have a chance to escape the camp. And how did you learn from the holocaust. Reply ↓ Marion Blumenthal Lazan Post authorSeptember 3, 2017 at 2:02 pm Thank you for your message and no, there was no chance for me to escape. Hugs, Marion Reply ↓ azeala rose bailey August 30, 2017 at 2:18 pm thank your for visiting Oxford and letting our school come and listen to your story about when you experienced the holocaust. the way you told your story was so open, I’m glad I got to experience you telling your story. Reply ↓ Marion Blumenthal Lazan Post authorSeptember 3, 2017 at 2:08 pm Dear Azeala, It was my pleasure to speak at your school. Hugs, Marion Reply ↓ Georgia August 30, 2017 at 2:18 pm Dear Mrs. Lazon, I am a student at Oxford Intermediate School in Oxford, MS. I want to thank you for coming to speak at the Ford Center, and I want to let you know that you inspire SO many people. You are so amazing, and hearing you speak was a life changing experience! I know I will definitely tell my family and friends your story. Thank you so much for coming, and I am awed by your amazing character. Reply ↓ Marion Blumenthal Lazan Post authorSeptember 3, 2017 at 2:07 pm Dear Georgia, Thank you for your kind words. Hugs, Marion Reply ↓ Ella Beth August 30, 2017 at 2:19 pm Dear Mrs. Marion Thank you for coming to the ford center in Oxford Mississippi. I really enjoyed it!!!! I hope I might one day be able to tell my friends and my children about you and your story. I was the red headed girl in the second row and I loved your answer my question about fear! Thank you so much and you know Mr. Hurdle thats my dad. I cant thank you enough for the experience provided me that day and I hope I get to see you again. Reply ↓ Marion Blumenthal Lazan Post authorSeptember 3, 2017 at 2:05 pm Dear Ella Beth, Thank you for your kind and warm message! Hugs, Marion Reply ↓ Sariyah August 30, 2017 at 2:22 pm Thank you foretelling us about the Holocaust. There was a question I wanted to ask, but it didn’t seem important. Did you ever meet Elie Wiesel? Also, I think the reason because some people won’t believe in the Holocaust is because it was too horrible to be real. The Holocaust was basically a real-life nightmare, if you ever read Elie’s book, “Night”. Thank you again for telling us. Reply ↓ Marion Blumenthal Lazan Post authorSeptember 3, 2017 at 2:03 pm Dear Sariyah, Yes, I did meet Elie Wiesel many years ago and yes, I did read “Night”. Hugs, Marion Reply ↓ Rachel August 30, 2017 at 3:09 pm Mrs. Blumenthal Lazan, Thank you so much for coming to our school to speak to us today. It meant a lot to me and my friends. Its hard to believe there are people who suffered as bad as you did. I want to make sure you know how grateful we are to have had the opportunity to hear about this. Thank you for being kind and giving hugs! And thank you for answering my question I was the person who asked did you have a Bat mitzvoh. I just wanted to say thank you for coming today. Reply ↓ Marion Blumenthal Lazan Post authorSeptember 3, 2017 at 2:02 pm Dear Rachel, Many thanks for your positive and warm message. Hugs, Marion Reply ↓ LilyWilliams January 10, 2018 at 4:16 pm Dear Mrs. Lazan When you were talking to us today your speech really touched me. I feel that this is important to talk to us about the Holocaust because we are the last generation. When I become older I will share your story with my family because i believe it is important to share this tragic event with my family. Reply ↓ Marion Blumenthal Lazan Post authorMarch 29, 2018 at 5:58 pm Dear Lily, Thank you for your meaningful and positive note. Thank you for promising to share my story with your family in future years. Hugs, Marion Reply ↓ AndrewWilliams January 10, 2018 at 4:21 pm Thank you so much for coming to Woodmont Middle School and speaking up about the Holocaust, that was very brave and i think no one else will be able to do that with pride and I think I’m speaking for every thing you’ve done Reply ↓ Marion Blumenthal Lazan Post authorMarch 29, 2018 at 5:57 pm Dear Andrew, Thank you for your meaningful note. Wishing you a healthy and wonderful future. Hugs, Marion Reply ↓ John Cruz January 28, 2018 at 10:35 am I am so sad at your loss! You came to my kids school a long time ago and gave a wonderful talk that changes many lives .and I will always be great full . My family and wish you peace in this sad situation. God is with you always and you have the hearts of thousands You are not alone John Cruz father of Adam Isaiah,Caleb Mathew and Elijah John Luke .. Reply ↓ Marion Blumenthal Lazan Post authorMarch 29, 2018 at 5:56 pm Dear John, Thank you for your meaningful note. Very much appreciate it! Hugs, Marion Reply ↓ Ashlyn February 5, 2018 at 9:07 pm Dear Mrs. Blumenthal, my name is Ashlyn wisdom, i am currently 14 , i very much loved your book. i was wondering if it is OK with my school if you would like to come to Westran Middle School in Huntsville mo, to talk about what it was like. Your book has inspired me to do great things. p.s you can reach me at 2022awisdom@westran,k12,mo,us thank you for the time you took to read this Reply ↓ Marion Blumenthal Lazan Post authorMarch 29, 2018 at 5:55 pm Dear Ashlyn, Thank you for your meaningful note. I hope that someday I can come to Westran Middle School in Huntsville! Hugs, Marion Reply ↓ Danny Goodman February 27, 2018 at 3:42 pm Dear Marion Blumenthal, My name is Daniel Goodman, a sixth grader from Birch Elementary. You came to our school on February 27, 2018 and shared your tragic experience during the holocaust. Your story, song and book touched the hearts of many people of what you went through with your family and the other prisoners in the concentration camps. I want to tell you how brave and how much courage that must’ve taken to get through your experiences. I also encourage you to keep sharing your story to other people and students at schools so they could understand your feelings through those horrible six years. Thank you for coming to our school and teaching us about the holocaust and your tragedies. Sincerly, Daniel Goodman Reply ↓ Marion Blumenthal Lazan Post authorMarch 29, 2018 at 5:51 pm Dear Daniel, Thank you for your meaningful and positive note to me. It was a pleasure visiting you and your fellow classmates at Birch Elementary. Wishing you a healthy and successful future. Hugs, Marion Reply ↓ Jenn Rapp - from Royersford, PA March 21, 2018 at 9:01 am It was a privilege for our whole family to get to hear you speak & meet you yesterday. My son’s 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Beverly Reimund is reading your book to her class. My son Michael came home from school & was very passionate in telling your story. We bought your book & read it and found out you were coming to the book store to speak. It was amazing & inspiring to see you & hear your story first hand. You have an inspiring attitude & your message on hope, faith, and how we should all treat each other is a message everyone should hear & live by every day. It will forever be in our hearts & we will think of your story & family often. Thank you very much for being so brave & loving & for sharing your story with us. Especially my children so that they will pass down your story to the next generations. Thank you to Mrs. Reimund for contacting Marion & bringing her here to us! Reply ↓ Marion Blumenthal Lazan Post authorMarch 29, 2018 at 5:49 pm Dear Jenn, Thank you for your warm and meaningful note to me. I also thank Mrs. Beverly Reimund for staying in touch with me for many years. My very best wishes to you for a happy holiday season! Hugs to all in the family, Marion Reply ↓ Lynn Croll April 18, 2018 at 11:35 am Marion, I just finished reading Four Perfect Pebbles with my 5th grade classes. You could have heard a pin drop as I read page by page. Thank you for sharing your story with us. Our heart goes out to you and what you had to endure as a child, but we are so proud of you for persevering through it all and becoming a survivor to tell your story. People like you bring history to life in classrooms like ours, and I think situations like yours really provide kids with a “real life” connection to history. Mrs Lynn Croll Reply ↓ Marion Blumenthal Lazan Post authorApril 19, 2018 at 6:03 pm Dear Lynn, Many thanks for your meaningful and positive note. Where are you located? In NYS?? Please say hello for me to your students. Sincerely, Marion Reply ↓ Keira Eileen June 5, 2018 at 1:59 pm Marion – I just saw you speak in my middle school and it was so inspiring and you are such a lovely person. Thank you so much for sharing your story with me and my school. Reply ↓ Leave a Reply to Emerson Toole Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. 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