Four Perfect Pebbles - Now in Audio


Marion’s award-winning 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, the father, succumbed to typhus just after liberation.

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

Four Perfect Pebbles, co-authored by Lila Perl & Marion Blumenthal Lazan, was first published in March 1996 by Greenwillow, a division of HarperCollins. It is in its 20th printing in hardback, with a total of over 500,000 copies in all editions in print. Four Perfect Pebbles has been translated into Dutch, German and Japanese.

Marion’s Triumph, Surviving History`s Nightmare, produced by Dr. John Chua and narrated by TV actress Debra Messing, has aired on many national public TV stations throughout the United States, and on Israel’s History Channel.

This DVD documentary is available for purchase from or Amazon.

Upwards of one million students and adults in over 30 states, Germany, and Israel have heard Marion’s story, told in person. She asks her audiences to be tolerant of one another and not stereotype individuals based on race, religion or national origin. She stresses the importence of positive thinking as well as creativity and inner strength to overcome adversity. Marion urges her listeners to be true to themselves, and not follow blindly in the steps of a leader. 

This audio edtion was produced by, and is narrated by the actress, Cheryl Stern.

Please click to hear the opening minutes of Chapter One.