A Trip Back in Time & Place

60 years have now passed since the liberation of Bergen-Belsen, I had been asked, almost a year earlier, to come to this place that holds so many horrible memories for me, to speak with youth from several countries, including Germany, who would be spending a week at Bergen-Belsen, learning about the atrocities of concentration-camp life, and helping to restore the grounds, so that future visitors will get a better perspective of the horrors that happened there.

Wanting to pass the legacy of the Holocaust down to our own grandchildren, Nathaniel & I designated Arielle, 17, eldest of our 9 wonderful grandchildren, to accompany us on this memorable occasion. Although hesitant at first about missing an important week in SKA, Arielle’s principal, Mrs. Helen Spirn, assured her that in 10 years time, she wouldn’t remember the week missed in school, but would remember this visit to Bergen-Belsen, with her Savta, her entire life. We know she will! 

Following are some of the feelings that Arielle wrote while flying back to our blessed United States of America.


Over the past week, I had the privilege to join my grandparents on a trip to Germany. This is the country where my Savta (Hebrew for grandmother) came from, and she now had the courage to revisit, for the third time. It was not a “fun trip”; rather, it was a commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the liberation from the horrible Nazis. My Savta, Marion Blumenthal Lazan, is one woman who I look up to greatly. Words do not describe her strengths. She is a woman of many words, but they are the right words. She has the power to put a smile on someone’s face, and even change their lives around for the better through her powerful messages.

My Savta was a child of the Holocaust, losing 6 and a half years of her precious childhood (age 4 to 10 ½). Despite all of this, she has a positive attitude. The Nazis were bad, cruel, and evil people, but this doesn’t mean that all Gentiles are, especially not all Germans. Throughout my stay in Germany, I was able to meet many different people. Some were about my age, from 9 different European countries. My Savta’s message is to have tolerance for all people, and not to generalize. We cannot judge a whole group just based on the actions of a few in the group. So when I met these people, kind Gentiles, I realized that her message is very true. I no longer believe that all German Gentiles are bad, just some may be, but we cannot judge too quickly. Only a strong person, such as my grandmother, with determination and perseverance can say this. Savta went through more than anyone could ever imagine, yet all she wants is to have world peace, and for human kind to be good to one another.

This trip has meant a lot to me, and only now in my life was I mature enough to appreciate it to the fullest. It made me understand everything so much more, and it made the Holocaust and my family history so much more real. I recommend that we think about what really happened 60 years ago, because especially in the Jewish community we don’t pay as much attention as we should. Talk of the Holocaust is constantly around us; however, we don’t really put heart to it. Many times we say “oh, another story…” but we shouldn’t do this. Being in this new generation, it’s our responsibility to make sure this horrific period in our history will never happen again.

A very grateful grandaughter,
Arielle Ruth Weinberg

I (Marion) will have more to relate about our visit back to Germany in a future newsletter. In the meanwhile, our wishes to all for a very happy Passover Holiday!

Speaking presentations will be taking us to Champaign-Urbana, Illinois this coming Tuesday morning for what promises to be a very interesting week.

We have been receiving many wonderful phone-calls, letters and e-mails from viewers across the country who have already seen MARION’S TRIUMPH. This thoughtfulness, and the sensitivity shown, is greatly appreciated. If we havn’t as yet personally thanked you, please consider yourself thanked at this time. 
And, if possible, please call your local PBS station to thank them for airing the program.


Following is an up-dated schedule. Kindly urge family, friends and e-mail acquaintances to watch the documentary

Please note that MARION’S TRIUMPH will air in New York on Station WNET – Channel 13, on Sunday, May 8 at 2 PM.

We realize that the times and dates listed may not be 100% accurate. We apologise for that! If you can help us with any corrections - please do - and thank you. You can also refer to your local TV guide.

Alabama Public Television, WBIQ, WEIQ, WFIQ, WHIQ, and WCIQ, April 6 at 10 PM and May 5 at 12:00 AM

Arizona, Phoenix and Tempe, KAET Channel 8, Wednesday, April 13 at 10:30 PM, and Tuesday, April 19 at 4 AM

California, Redding, KIXE, Day & Time TBD

California, San Mateo, San Francisco KCSM, May 5 at 10 PM, May 10 at 10 PM

California, Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto, KVIE7, April 30 at 8:00 PM, and May 1 at 1:00 AM and 5:00 AM

Connecticut, Hartford and New Haven, WEDH and WEDY May 5 at 10 PM

Florida, Daytona, WMFE, Monday April 25, at 12:00 AM

Florida, Tampa, WEDU, April 13, at 4:30 PM, April 14 at 2:30 PM and May 1 at 3 PM

Florida, Jacksonville (and Brunswick, Georgia), WJCT, Monday, April 11 at 11 PM

Florida, Miami / Ft. Lauderdale, WLRN April 5 at 11 PM and April 6 at 4:30 PM and WPBT April 11 at 12:00 AM

Florida, Orlando, Daytona, WMFE, Sunday, April 24

Florida, West Palm Beach, WXEL, Sunday, April 3 at 2 PM

Illinois, Carbondale (and Paducah, in Kentucky and Cape Girardeau in Missouri) WSIU, Thursday, April 7 at 11 PM

Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, WILL, Thursday, April 28 at 8 PM

Illinois, Charleston-Mattoon, WEIU, Tuesday, April 9 at 9 PM

Illinois, Chicago, WTTW, Wednesday, June 1 at 10 PM

Illinois, Peoria / Pekin WTVP, Wednesday, April 13 at 9:30 PM

Illinois, Springfield, WMEC/WQEC/WSEC, Tuesday at 10 PM

Indiana, Indianapolis, WFYI/28 - WTBU, Wednesday Night, April 13 at 10:30 PM and Friday, April 15 at 1 AM, and tentatively May 11 at 1 AM

Indiana, Terre Haute, WUSI, April 7 at 11 PM

Iowa, Iowa Public Television IOWA, Wednesday, April 13 at 9:30 PM

Kansas, Wichita, KPTS/8, Saturday night, April 23 at 10 PM

Louisiana, New Orleans, WYES, April 2 at 10 PM

Maryland, Baltimore, WMPB and WMPT, Weds, May 4 at 11 PM

Massachusetts, Boston, WGBH, Sunday, May 1 at 10 PM, and May 2 morning at 2 AM

Michigan, Grand Rapids, WGVU-TV, Sunday Night, April 3 at 11:30 PM

Michigan, Marquette, WNMU May 6 at 12 PM

Minnesota, Duluth (and Superior in Wisconsin) WDSE, Thursday, April 7 at 7PM and Wednesday, April 28 at midnight

Minnesota, Rochester and Austin (and Mason City, Iowa), April 13, 2005 at 9:30 PM

Mississippi Public Television, MISS, Monday, April 25 at 9:00 PM

Missouri, Joplin KOZJ and Springfield KOZK, Ozark Public Television, Sunday, April 17 at 3:30 PM

Nebraska, Omaha, KBIN and KHIN, April 13 at 9:30 PM

Nevada, Reno, KNPB, April 13 at 10:30 PM

New York, Albany, Schenectady and Troy, WMHT, tentatively May 9 at 10 PM

New York, Buffalo, WEDN, May 5 at 3:30 AM

New York, New York, WNET Channel 13, Sunday, May 8 at 2:00 PM

New York - Long Island, WLIW, Channel 21, Wednesday, April 13 at 10:00 PM, and on Thursday Morning, April 14 at 2:00 AM 

New York, Syracuse, WCNY Channel 24, Tuesday, April 5 at 10 PM

North Dakota, KBME, KDSE, KFME and KGFE May 5 at 8 PM, May 7 at 2 AM, May 9 at 2 AM

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, WHYY, Sunday Afternoon, April 24 at 4:00 PM

Pennsylvania, Pittsburg, WQED, May 4 at 11 PM, May 5 at 8 PM, May 7 at 1 AM, May 8 at 5 PM

Rhode Island, Providence and Massachusetts, New Bedford, WEDN, May 5 at 10:30 PM

South Dakota, KBHE, KPSD, KZSD, KCSD, KDSD, KESD, KTSD, and KUSD, May 5 at 7:00 PM

Tennessee, Memphis WKNO Saturday Night, April 2 at 10 PM, and Sunday Morning, April 3 at 2 AM and WMAV April 25 at 9 PM

Texas, San Antonio, KLRN, Sunday, April 24 at 6 PM, and Wednesday, April 27 at 4:30 AM

Texas, Waco, KWBU Channel 34, Tuesday, April 12 at 8 PM

Utah, Salk Lake City, KUEN, April 30 at 9:00 PM and May 2 at 11:00 PM

Vermont Public Television, Monday, April 11 at 10 PM

Washington D.C., WFPT and WWPB Weds May 4, 2005 at 11 PM