Lazan

The public is invited to hear Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School on March 6.

On Wednesday, March 6, Marion Blumenthal Lazan will bring her story of horror, hardship, hope, and the will to survive to St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School with a public talk at 11 a.m. in St. Andrew’s Chapel.

“You, the students, are the very last generation that will hear the story first hand,” Lazan explained to her eager listeners, “I therefore ask you to please, please, share my story with your friends and with your family and someday with your children.”

Marion Blumenthal Lazan was born in Bremen, Germany in 1934, four years after the Nazi Party’s stunning victory in Germany’s parliament. Following Hitler’s rise to power, she and her family fled to the Netherlands, hoping to escape to the United States. They did not make it out in time. After the Nazi invasion of Holland, they were forced to live for the next six and half years in refugee, transit, and prison camps, including the notorious Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany.

With the number of Holocaust survivors dwindling, Lazan maintains a busy speaking schedule, working to share her story with audiences of all ages. Her message is one of positive thinking, creativity, and inner strength to overcome adversity. She says her message is very simple, “Just to be kind and good and compassionate towards one another regardless of one’s religious beliefs, color of skin, or national origin.”

Lazan is the subject of Marion's Triumph, a 2003 documentary film that combines rare historic footage, animated flashbacks, and family photographs to illustrate the horrors she experienced and to preserve history. She is co-author of the memoir “Four Perfect Pebbles: A True Story of the Holocaust.”