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|A woman and her family's story of horror and hardship, courage and hope was brought to the area. Marion Blumenthal Lazan is an author and public speaker who shares on her experiences surviving the holocaust in the middle of Nazi Germany during World War II. Lazan was speaking at the Orpheum Theatre Tuesday night as part of District 205's Reading at the Crossroads program.
Lazan and her family spent six and half years in and out of different camps in Germany in Holland during the war, surviving the camps and eventually coming to America. She graduated with honors from Peoria Central High School where she then worked in the medical field and has worked with several community groups volunteering her time.
Megan Schaefer, a teacher from Knoxville High School, tells WGIL she is teaching her students about the holocaust, and was happy they got to hear the story from someone who survived those conditions. "It's definitely not in the textbook," Schaefer said. "It's something, when (the students) don't hear the teacher speak, or read it in the textbook and actually get to live it, to me, it's like that 'a ha' moment. They really connect to it."
Lazan tells WGIL why she travels around speaking to as many people as she can. "This is something that needs to be done now while there is still time," Lazan said. "It is a race against time. And it's the lessons learned from the dark period of our history that are so important."
To learn more about Lazan, or her autobiography, CLICK HERE.
(Marian Blumenthal Lazan signs books prior to her presentation Tuesday night at the Orpheum Theatre. WGIL News Story and Photo by Dominic Fortini.)
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