Marion Blumenthal Lazan, a Holocaust survivor and co-author of Four Perfect Pebbles, an award-winning book about her childhood under Hitler’s rule.
A moving first-hand account of the Blumenthal family’s life in Germany from the events preceding Kristallnacht to imprisonment in concentration camps to liberation in April of 1945. Mrs. Lazan was 11 years old when the family finally gained its freedom. She relates to her audience, describing her ordeal in such a manner that listeners are quickly drawn into the drama. The listeners are eyewitnesses to history. Mrs. Lazan also delivers a talk about her return visit to Germany in 1995 entitled “End Station – Trobitz, A Visit Back in Time and Place.” In this presentation, Mrs. Lazan describes her thoughts, emotions and reflections on this first return visit to Germany and the “camps” on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of liberation.
Mrs. Lazan’s mission is to speak to as many people as possible, students and adults, so they can hear the story from a Holocaust survivor. Her presentation goes beyond the facts; she applies the lessons learned to society today. She asks her audience to be tolerant of others and not stereotype individuals based on religious belief, race, color or national origin. She stresses the importance of positive thinking as well as creativity and inner strength when working to overcome adversity. She warns her listeners to be true to themselves and not blindly follow-the-leader.
Mrs. Lazan speaks for about 45 minutes and then answers questions for 15-30 minutes. The most successful format is speaking to an audience in an auditorium setting. Ideally, many in the audience have read Four Perfect Pebbles. She is available to inscribe copies of her book.
Contact Marion Blumenthal Lazan at Marion@fourperfectpebbles.com or 516-374-5958 to find out how a presentation can be arranged.