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Holocaust survivor asks students for hope

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Posted: Jan 15, 2014 5:48 PM by Rebecca Buchanan
Updated: Jan 15, 2014 5:48 PM
Source: WBRZ

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GEISMAR - A Holocaust survive shared her strength and hope for a better world with students in Ascension Parish Wednesday.

Marion Blumenthal Lazan was taken to a concentration camp when she was just four years old. She spent six years there, constantly terrified.

"The hardest thing was to deal with the emotion of fear, always afraid, afraid of what would happen to us next, who would die next, would my mother come back from her work duties," she explained. "Physically we were done, my mom weighed sixty pounds at age 37, physically we were finished. So it's only what's between the ears that kept us going."

Now, she shares her story with people across the country. She asks for kindness, tolerance and good leaders.

"Simply to be kind and good and respectful and tolerant towards one another regardless of our religious belief, color of our skin or national origin and this respect towards one another must begin in our homes," she continued. "I tell the students that it's not cool to follow just anyone's lead without first checking to see what his or her true intentions are."

She documented her journey in a book titled Four Perfect Pebbles. For more information visit her website.

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