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B'ville: A firsthand account of the Holocaust

For the fourth consecutive year, the Baldwinsville School District was pleased to have holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazon of Long Island talk to sixth graders at Ray Middle School on May 21.

Arriving in the United States at the age of 13, Lazon survived all of the concentration camps she was sent to, including the notorious Bergen-Belsen in Germany. Lazon has been traveling the world since 1979, talking to audiences about her experiences in the concentration camps and how she survived the horrific time. She has talked to more than 800,000 students and adults at schools, churches and synagogues around the United States, Germany and Israel.

Lazon describes the ordeals she webt through in her book, "Four Perfect Pebbles," which got its name from a game she made up while at one of the concentration camps. She would try and find four pebbles that were all the same. When she did this she knew that each of the four members of her family would survive the camps.

Lazon's presentation stressed the importance of positive thinking to overcome adversity as well as not stereotyping individuals and exercising tolerance.

"I want kids to have respect and tolerance towards one another, and this must begin with you the students," said Lazon addressing the students after her talk. "You prevent our past from becoming your future."

When asked by a student during the question and answer session why she goes around telling her story she replied, "I want to give a first hand account of what went on. Their generation will be the last to hear a first hand account of my story. The horror of the Holocaust must be taught! It must be studied so it doesn't happen again."

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