marion holocaustsurvivorOWENSBORO, Ky. (11/11/13) - Last week, I realized the true meaning of freedom when I had the privilege of listening to Holocaust survivor and author Marion Blumenthal Lazan speak at Daviess County High School.

She told the heartwarming story of her family’s brave survival through a torturous three years in Nazi captivity. Marion’s family spent many nights in the “bitter cold” German winter with up to 600 people in heatless barracks surrounded by 12-foot high barbed-wire fences. Escape was “next to impossible“. Conditions were harsh and the prisoners never knew when they would become one of many to be thrown into the gas chambers.

In 1948, Marion and her family were released from captivity when the Russian Army descended on the Nazi transporter they were traveling on along with several thousand others. Marion and her family safely traveled from Holland to the United States that year.

“It was a wonderful, exciting feeling to be free at long last,” said Marion.

Six million Jewish people were brutally murdered during the Holocaust. They were set apart because of their heritage and beliefs. The United States Army became an integral part of eliminating these camps in Europe that were brought about because of discrimination. Marion spoke to the hundreds of high school students and teachers at Daviess County, about the effects of discriminatory action. The freedom of choices that Americans have to believe, say, and love the way they want to, is what makes America free, she explained.

The first sight that Marion was greeted by when she got arrived in New York City for the first time was the Statue of Liberty. The ultimate “symbol of freedom”, she said.

This Veteran’s Day, remember that as an American, you are completely free because of what service men and women did for you now and then. You are free to live the life you want to live and should not have to worry about the effects of discrimination.

Marion spoke about building bridges within our people.

“Respect and love must begin in our homes,” Marion said.

After hearing Marion’s story, I realized that not everyone can believe and say what they want, but in America you can. And, to me, that is the ultimate freedom.

Taylor Riley
SurfKY News
Photo Provided by Taylor Riley

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

MPD Seeks Three in Residential Robbery

MURRAY, Ky. (5/22/15) — Murray Police Department patrol officers responded to an apartment on Duiguid Drive at… Read More

Collision with Deer Results in Fatality on US 79

GUTHRIE, Ky. (5/21/15) — According to a Kentucky State Police report, KSP is investigating a single vehicle, fatality… Read More

Most Read This Week

May 22, 2015 6317

Madisonville Man Charged with First-Degree Rape

by SurfKY News
May 19, 2015 5680

Owensboro Health Proposes Building $15M Health…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
May 23, 2015 4566

Missing 5-Year-Old Boy Found

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
May 18, 2015 4123

Madisonville Man Wanted for Attempted Murder in…

by SurfKY News
May 19, 2015 3781

Two Charged with Marijuana Possession after…

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

May 15, 2015 10393

New Madisonville Business In Full Operation Soon

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 15, 2015 7366

Investigation of Local Barber Shop Leads to Drug…

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

May 22, 2015 6317

Madisonville Man Charged with First-Degree Rape

by SurfKY News
May 23, 2015 4566

Missing 5-Year-Old Boy Found

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
May 22, 2015 1113

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - May 22, 2015

by SurfKY News
May 22, 2015 1065

MPD Seeks Three in Residential Robbery

by SurfKY News
May 23, 2015 1025

Elks BBQ Fundraiser Quick Sell Out

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 22, 2015 928

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

by SurfKY News
May 22, 2015 861

One Vehicle Collision Sends One to ER

by SurfKY News
May 22, 2015 836

Governor Announces Hopkins County as Kentucky…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
May 22, 2015 757

Post 2 Telecommunicator among KSP Graduating Class

by Trooper Stu Recke
May 22, 2015 604

Omni Visions Seeks to Recruit Foster Families

by Karen Jones