Four Perfect Pebbles Packs a Powerful Message for Stimson Students

Students stayed after the assembly with additional questions for Ms. Lazan.
Students stayed after the assembly with additional questions for Ms. Lazan.
Ms. Lazan holds up her book
Ms. Lazan holds up her book "Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story, a memoir."
Perhaps one of her favorite parts of the assembly presentation is when Ms. Lazan gets to spend some one-on-one time with our students.
Perhaps one of her favorite parts of the assembly presentation is when Ms. Lazan gets to spend some one-on-one time with our students.

As part of Stimson’s Character Education Program, Author and Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan gave a moving first-hand account of her family’s life from imprisonment in Nazi concentration camps to liberation, for our eighth-grade students.

Marion’s story of courage, hope, and the will to survive, illustrates the importance of positive thinking, creativity, inner strength, and tolerance. Mrs. Lazan is author of Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story, a memoir. Following Hitler’s rise to power, the Blumenthal family – father, mother, Marion, and her brother Albert – were trapped in Nazi Germany. They eventually managed to get to Holland, which soon thereafter was occupied by the Nazis. For the next six and a half years, the Blumenthals were forced to live in refugee, transit, and prison camps, including Westerbork in Holland and the notorious Bergen-Belsen in Germany. Although they all survived the camps, Walter Blumenthal, the father, succumbed to typhus just after liberation.

Ms. Lazan, spoke of sensitivity and patience as she captivated Stimson’s eight-grade audience. She stressed the importance of positive thinking to overcome adversity, and asked our students to be tolerant of others and not stereotype individuals.

This wonderful opportunity for our Stimson students to hear this first hand account from a living Holocaust survivor was made possible by the PTA Cultural Arts Program.