April 28, 2014: Holocaust Remembrance Day officially began Sunday at sundown. As part of their Annual Speaker Series, The Jewish Community Council hosted a world-renowned Holocaust survivor to share her story. Marion Blumenthal Lazan shared her first hand experience about the holocaust in front of a packed house at McDowell High School. She discussed how she was liberated and how she continues leading a happy life after a horrific childhood. She spoke about what her and her family had to endure living the Holocaust - where six million European Jews were killed. Lazan went on to tell the audience in detail about the dark times she so vividly remembers from the six and a half years in incarceration. She explained how even after being liberated her family still went through hardships - losing her dad just six weeks after leaving the camp and how she had to catch up to the proper grade in school for her age. It wasn't until she was thirteen years old that she came to America with her mom and brother and had to start over yet again.
The Erie Jewish Community Council hosted the event so people remember the Holocaust --on Remembrance Day. In a memoir, Four Perfect Pebbles, Marion shares the devastating stories of her childhood. In total Lazan has spoken to more than a million people about her experience. While in Erie, she will visit eight different schools this week and says it is vital to show people first hand what happened during the Holocaust.
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