Holocaust Survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan to Speak Jan. 23

Friday, January 13, 2017

Marion Blumenthal Lazan, Holocaust survivor and award-winning author, will speak on campus on Monday, Jan. 23. 

For six and a half years, Lazan and her family were forced to live in refugee and prison camps, including Westerbork in Holland and Bergen-Belsen in Germany. At nine years old, she busied herself with finding four perfect pebbles to represent her family. They came to symbolize her hope for their survival.

She co-wrote the memoir Four Perfect Pebbles, which recalls the horror and hardship she and her family endured before finally making it to the United States.

A noted speaker on the international circuit, Lazan has shared her story of surviving Nazi Germany and the importance of courage, tolerance and appreciation of diversity with millions. 

“With only around 100,000 Holocaust survivors still alive today, Mrs. Lazan’s lecture is a rare and quickly dwindling opportunity to hear a firsthand account of a moment in history that we must never forget,” said Charles Hardy, founding dean of the UNCW College of Health and Human Services.

Lazan’s talk begins at 6 p.m. in Lumina Theater in the Fisher Student Center. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Doors open at 5 p.m. Immediately following the lecture, there will be a reception with light refreshments in the Clock Tower Lounge. Sponsored by the CHHS, the School of Social Work and the Department of Philosophy and Religion, the event is free and open to all.

-- Caroline Cropp