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|Holocaust Message Goes Beyond Students
|A woman who has spoken to over a million parents and students, and was a survivor of the holocaust, brought her message of tolerance and respect to Galesburg.
Marion Blumenthal Lazan spoke to students and adults Tuesday night at the Orpheum Theatre, where she hoped to educate students on the holocaust since she says they will be the last generation to hear about the events first-hand.
Lazan was born in Germany, and her entire family was trapped in Nazi Germany. For six-and-a-half years her family was forced to live in refugee camps in Holland and at Bergen-Belson in Germany. Three-and -a-half years after the liberation of the camps, she and her family came to America to begin a new life.
Lazan tells WGIL that she hopes to get her message across to all ages, not just schoolchildren. "I just hope and pray that today's generation will be kind and good and respectful towards one another," Lazan said. "That is the basis for peace -- had there not been respect for one another 60 or 70 years ago, you and I would not be talking at this moment, pertaining to our history."
Lazan was brought to the theatre by District 205's "Reading at the Crossroads" program. The program seeks to provide multiple literacy experiences for middle school students to enhance their motivation and proficiency in reading and writing.
For more information on Lazan or her book, "Four Perfect Pebbles," CLICK HERE.
(Marian Blumenthal Lazan is introduced by Joel Estes, District 205 Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Tuesday night at the Orpheum Theatre. WGIL News Story and Photo by Dominic Fortini.)
|04 01 09 by Newsroom
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