Lazan and her family – father, mother and brother – fled to Holland to escape the Nazi regime, but that country was soon invaded and the family was sent to prison camps in Holland and Germany. The family survived, but Marion's father succumbed to typhus just after liberation.
After three years of struggle and hardship, Marion, her mother and brother obtained the necessary paperwork and boarded a ship for the United States and the hope of a new life.
The story is one of courage, hope and the will to survive. Lazan has written a memoir titled "Four Perfect Pebbles" (co-authored by Lila Perl) and she was featured in a PBS documentary, "Marion's Triumph."
The title of the book – "Four Perfect Pebbles" – is taken from Marion's insistence as a child in searching for four perfectly matched pebbles in the grounds of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp: One pebble for each member of her family. As a 9-year-old girl living in a cruel and frightening place, she believed that if she could find four pebbles of the same size and shape, it meant her family would remain whole.
Jennifer Higdon, staff developer at DCHS, said she looks forward to the visit.
"Her message is that one can survive anything. That's important for kids to hear. The way she tells her story, one can see that even though a person goes through something really bad, one can hang on until things get better. Mrs. Lazan talks about her children, grandchildren and the beautiful life she has now. The story is not all about the tragedy. It also has a happy ending. That's inspiring," Higdon said
Information provided by Lora Wimsatt