First time ever! - A school in Germany is named for a living Jewish woman Holocaust survivor.

Hello - Here is the YouTube link to the video of the naming of the Marion Blumenthal Hauptschule 
Marion`s YouTube Channel 

Hope you get a good feeling watching this video. If so, please share this link with family, friends business associates, colleagues, your e-mail list, and your organizations, (and even with news media if you have access). Many thanks!

We would love the world to know how one small German town, together with its citizens, do not look away from past wrongs, but on the contrary, make ours a better world in which to live, through courage, love, tolerance and respect towards one another.

Many thanks to Emma Denenberg, our very big helper in producing this video. Emma is a Hewlett High School senior, who one day hopes to go in to graphic design.

Hugs from Marion 

Nathaniel Lazan 

If not familiar with Marion’s story, a brief synopsis follows. You will then surely understand why this is definitely a “good-feeling” video. 

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. All survived the camps, but 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 has for the past 20 years made it her mission to share the story of her family’s travail during the Holocaust. Upwards of one million students from over 1,000 school, and adults, have heard Marion share her story, and her important messages of love, respect, and tolerance towards one another, regardless of religious belief, color of the skin, or national origin. Now, 65 years after her incarceration in the Nazi Concentration Camp Bergen-Belsen, in recognition of the positive impact in teaching respect and tolerance to young adults, the new high school in her former “home” town of Hoya in Germany, the Marion Blumenthal Hauptschule, has been named in her honor.

Four Perfect Pebbles, Marion’s memoir, co-authored by Lila Perl and published by Greenwillow, tells the full story of Marion’s life during the Holocaust.
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In audio - 

Marion’s Triumph – Surviving History’s Worst Nightmare – A DVD documentary about Marion which aired nationally on Public TV stations, was by produced by Dr. John Chua, and narrated by actress Debra Messing.
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