Holocaust survivor brings message of hope

On May 13, Holocaust survivor Marion Lazan presented sixth-graders at Ray Middle School with a first-hand account of the Holocaust.

Lazan arrived in the United States in 1948 at the age of 13 after surviving Nazi concentration camps including Bergen-Belsen in Germany. During her presentation she recounted the ordeal of life in the camps. She told the sixth-graders her story is "the story Anne Frank would have told had she survived."

Lazan stressed to the students the importance of having hope regardless of the adversity they may face. She believes this hope is what enabled her and her family to endure and survive their ordeal. She also urged students to exercise tolerance and respect for others and to share the facts of the Holocaust with future generations so that this period of history will never be repeated.

Lazan gave a second presentation in the evening for the public at Baker High School. Both of her presentations were sponsored by Ray Middle School's PTA.

Lazan is the author of "Four Perfect Pebbles," her written account of the Holocaust. About one million people in 31 states and in Germany and Israel have heard her inspiring story. This is the fifth year Lazan has given her presentation to the students of Ray Middle School.

Marion Lazan shares her story of life in Nazi concentration camps with students at Ray Middle School.

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