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|Holocaust Survivor Tells Her Story at Orpheum
|A message of perseverance, determination, faith, and above all, hope.
That's what now-author and Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan brought to the Orpheum Theatre Tuesday night as part of Galesburg District 205's Reading at the Crossroads program. The program is utlized to get staff members at both Churchill Junior High and Lombard Middle School in Galesburg to work cooperatively for the good of all the students and the community.
Glinda Walker, an 8th grade teacher at Churchill, says officials have been working to bring Lazan to the area to speak for a number of years. She tells WGIL it's very important for students to learn first-hand about the Holocaust and the few survivors who are still alive.
"The survivors themselves, as they are growing older, they're not going to be around much longer to actually spread this information which is so very, very important because we have no idea of what kind of event in history this truly was."
Walker says even through studying the Holocaust, we have no idea what it is. "We've never been faced with this kind of thing before."
Lazan's presentation stressed the importance of positive thinking to overcome adversity. She also urged tolerance of others and not stereotyping based on religious beliefs, color, race, or national origin.
Lazan says she's been speaking publicly about her experiences since 1979 and finally published her memoir in 1996. Upwards of one million students and adults in schools, organizations, and houses of worship in more than 30 states, Germany and Israel have heard her message of tolerance and respect.
For more information on Lazan or her book Four Perfect Pebbles, CLICK HERE.
(A display of Marian Blumenthal Lazan's books at the Orpheum Theatre Tuesday night. WGIL News Story and Photo by Dominic Fortini.)
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