Holocaust Survivor to Share Experience at SUNY Orange

Imagine spending your formative years in a Nazi concentration camp, separated from family members and trying to understand the horror going on around you. Fathers and sons were put in the men’s barracks. Mothers and daughters were put in the women's barracks where they slept together in one cot, sharing one thin blanket with no heat in bitterly cold German winters.

This was life for Marion Blumenthal Lazan.

On Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 11am, she is coming to SUNY Orange to share her experiences at Westerbork detention and transit camp in Holland and the notorious Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany. She says that during those horrific years she played a game with herself. "I would search for four pebbles. In my mind, if I'd find those four pebbles it meant that my family would all survive."

The memory of that game, which signified her mother, father, brother, and herself, coupled with “her mother's inner strength and positive outlook on life” inspired her to write what has become an award-winning memoir called Four Perfect Pebbles. After her talk, Lazan will do a book signing.

Even though she and her mother and father and brother and others in the concentration camps had to endure all sorts of hardships, she carries a story of courage, hope, and the will to survive.  What is particularly uplifting about this Holocaust survivor is her message. She states, “I stress the need for love, respect and tolerance for one another, regardless of religious belief, color of the skin, race or national origin.”                                                                                                                                                                           

Marion Blumenthal Lazan will give her presentation entitled Four Perfect Pebbles, My Holocaust Story – A Message of Perseverance, Determination, Faith and Hope in the Sandra and Alan Gerry Forum, Room 010 in the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering located at the corner of Wawayanda and East Conkling Avenues, Middletown.

This event is free and open to the public and is offered by Cultural Affairs in collaboration with the Committee for Institutional Diversity and Equity. Questions may be directed to (845)341-4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu.  You may also visit the Cultural Affairs website at www.sunyorange.edu/culturalaffairs.