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Nov. 3, 2004

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan will commemorate Kristallnacht with a talk at Bucknell University Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Trout Auditorium of Vaughan Literature Building.

Sponsored by Bucknell's Campus Jewish Life program, the talk is open to the public without charge.

Even though the Blumenthal family escaped to Holland from Nazi Germany, when Holland was occupied by the Nazis they were forced to live in refugee, transit, and prison camps that included Westerbork in Holland and Bergen-Belsen in Germany.

Though they all survived the camps, Walter Blumenthal succumbed to typhus just after liberation. The rest of the family had to wait three years before obtaining the necessary papers and emigrating to the United States.

Lazan tells her family's story in the book, Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story, co-authored with Lila Perl. Of her book, the author says, "Actually, my story is the story that Anne Frank might have told had she lived. She was in Westerbork where I was. Eventually, she came to Bergen-Belsen, where I was, and where tragically she died from typhus in March of 1945."

Lazan is the recipient of several Hadassah honors including the National Leadership Award and the Myrtle Leaf Award as well as recognition by the Five Town Jewish Council, and by the Conference of Jewish Organizations of Nassau County.

Recipient of the Eishet Chayil Award (Woman of Valor) by the Hewlett-East Rockaway Jewish Center, she was awarded the Community Service Award by Young Israel of Hewlett, and honored, along with her husband, at the first Testimonial Dinner of Congregation Ahavat Yisrael.

She also has received a special Congressional Citation for her work in Holocaust Awareness and Education.

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