blumenthal-lazanMarion Blumenthal Lazan, the subject of a PBS documentary, “Marion’s Triumph,”  will speak from 11 a.m. – noon on Monday, Nov. 18 in Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall on the campus of Missouri Southern State University.

Lazan will deliver a reflection upon her experiences as a survivor and its relevance for our lives in contemporary society, Four Perfect Pebbles:  A Holocaust Story — a Message of Perseverance, Determination, Faith and Hope.

After the lecture, Lazan will be available to sign copies of Four Pebbles.

Following Hitler’s rise to power, the Blumenthal family — father, mother, Marion, and her brother, Albert — were trapped in Nazi Germany. They managed eventually to get to Holland, but soon thereafter it 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 that included Westerbork in Holland and the notorious Bergen-Belsen in Germany. Though they all survived the camps, Walter Blumenthal, Marion’s father, succumbed to typhus just after liberation.

It took three more years of struggle and waiting before Marion, Albert, and their mother at last obtained the necessary papers and boarded ship for the United States. Their story is one of horror and hardship, but it is also a story of courage, hope, and the will to survive.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the MSSU Social Sciences Department and the Institute of International Studies.

For further information, please contact Dr. Ree Wells-Lewis, MSSU Professor of Sociology, at (417) 625-9762 or email