Holocaust Survivor and Author to Share Her Message of Love, Respect and Tolerance
On Tuesday, December 5, Homewood School District 153 will host Holocaust survivor and critically-acclaimed author Marion Blumenthal Lazan at 6:30 pm in the James Hart Middle School gym. This free event is open to the public.
During Hitler's rise to power, the Blumenthals, a Jewish family, were trapped in Nazi Germany. They managed to make it to Holland, but soon after, it, too, was occupied by the Nazis. For the next six years, the Blumenthals were forced to live in various refugee and concentration camps, including the notorious Bergen-Belsen.
Today, Blumenthal Lazan shares that compelling story in her book,
Four Perfect Pebbles, co-authored with Lila Perl. It chronicles her family's horrific struggles in Europe and their eventual new life in America.
Lazan also speaks to groups around the world, telling about the horrors she and her family endured while emphasizing the need for love, respect and tolerance for one another.
Shelly Marks, President of the District 153 Board of Education, said she hopes the Homewood-Flossmoor community will turn out in great numbers to hear Blumenthal Lazan speak.
"Marion is uniquely qualified to talk about the importance of love, courage and appreciation of diversity. During times such as these, her message is more important than ever to hear and reflect upon," said Marks.
James Hart's middle-schoolers are reading Four Perfect Pebbles as part of their "One Book One School" program. Students will discuss the book with Blumenthal Lazan at a school assembly scheduled for Dec. 6.
"We are so grateful that our students will have this increasingly rare opportunity to hear a first-hand account of this dark period in history," said James Hart Principal Dr. Scott McAlister. "This will really bring the written pages of our history books to life."
The event is made possible by contributions from the following: Ilene & Gary Banach; Amy & Eric Crump; Lynn & Barry Gaby; Betti & Neal Goldberg; The Heiferman Family; Homewood PTA; Homewood Rotary Foundation; Marty & Jamie Joffe; Diane & Paul Kessler; Kirschner Vision Group; Latman Insurance Group; Shelly & Steve Marks; The National Council of Jewish Women Iris Dreyfuss Fund and other anonymous donors.