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Holocaust Survivor to Speak at Waubonsee Oct. 16

book cover image for "Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story"
Holocaust survivor and author Marion Blumenthal Lazan will speak at Waubonsee on Oct. 16.

Holocaust survivor and author Marion Blumenthal Lazan will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 in the Auditorium of Waubonsee Community College’s Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive. Tickets are $10 and are available at All tickets are subject to a transaction fee.

Current Waubonsee students are encouraged to attend a special session on Oct. 15 or 16. See the "Announcements" section in mywcc for details. 

Born in Germany, Blumenthal Lazan’s parents moved the family to Holland following Hitler’s rise to power — only to become trapped after that country was occupied by the Nazis. Over the next five years, the Blumenthals were forced to live in refugee, transit and prison camps before finally making the journey to America in 1948 and settling in Peoria, Ill. 

Almost 50 years later, in 1996, with the help of author Lila Perl, Lazan wrote a memoir called “Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story.” Publishers Weekly noted, “Amid a growing number of memoirs about the Holocaust, this book warrants attention both for the uncommon experiences it records and for the fullness of the record."  

Blumenthal Lazan currently tours the country talking about her experiences while teaching tolerance and respect.