Holocaust Survivor, Alumna To Speak At Bradley

(Courtesy of Bradley University)

A survivor of the Holocaust and author speaks at Bradley.

Marion Blumenthal Lazan’s family escaped Hitler’s Germany after being placed on the ‘death train’ headed for Auschwitz.

She tells WMBD’s Greg and Dan, once in the United States, her family settled in Peoria, Illinois.

“At 13, because I did not speak English, I was placed in the fourth grade with 9-year-olds. And, life was very, very challenging for me and my brother Albert. But, more so for my mother, who at the age of 37, was left a widow,” said Lazan.

Lazan, a Bradley University alumna, is the co-author of ‘Four Perfect Pebbles’, which tells the story of her family’s escape from Nazi Germany. She says her message is one of inner strength, and her lifelong mission is to promote tolerance.

“It’s the lessons learned from that dark period of our history, that is so important for us all to remember and live by. Simply to be kind and good and respectful to one another.”

Lazan says today’s generation of young people is the last generation that will hear the story of the Holocaust first hand.

She will speak at Hayden-Clark Alumni Center on the Bradley University campus Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., hosted by BU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Alumni Relations.

The event is free and open to the public.

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