Four Perfect Pebbles At Stimson

Mrs. Lazan glances over to her husband Nathaniel as she announces that they will celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary this summer.
Mrs. Lazan glances over to her husband Nathaniel as she announces that they will celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary this summer.
Stimson Principal Ms. Faye Robins gets a warm embrace and thanks Mrs. Lazan for her presentation.
Stimson Principal Ms. Faye Robins gets a warm embrace and thanks Mrs. Lazan for her presentation.
Stimson students were captivated by the stories of hardship and perseverance.
Stimson students were captivated by the stories of hardship and perseverance.
Marion Blumenthal Lazan holds a photo of her Mom who recently passed away just prior to her 105th birthday.
Marion Blumenthal Lazan holds a photo of her Mom who recently passed away just prior to her 105th birthday.
Mrs. Lazan listens intently to student’s questions and loves sharing her experiences. She asks that today’s young people show respect and tolerance of one-another.
Mrs. Lazan listens intently to student’s questions and loves sharing her experiences. She asks that today’s young people show respect and tolerance of one-another.

How to keep close to five hundred Stimson 8th graders quiet and on the edge of their seats?

With Four Perfect Pebbles, the story of Marion Blumenthal Lazan and the incredibly moving first-hand account of her family’s Nazi concentration camp imprisonment and liberation.

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.

With sensitivity and patience, Mrs. Lazan captivated the Stimson eighth-grade audience. “Her presentation echoed the way we would like our students to treat each other – to be tolerant of others and not stereotype individuals based on religious belief, color, race, or national origin,” said Stimson Principal Faye Robins. In speaking with her students, Ms. Robins shared that her father was also a survivor of Nazi prison camps, and encouraged her students to respect each other’s differences.

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.