Maine South - History - Ms. Jo Ann Bondi
Foundation Award: $950
On October 5, 2010, Marion Blumenthal Lazan provides 500+ students with a first-hand account of her family's life from the events prior to Kristallnacht to imprisonment in concentration camps until the end of World War II. She was born in Germany, later interned in Holland and then imprisoned in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany, which was the same journey taken by Ann Frank. Her memoirs for this period, Four Perfect Pebbles, is an award winning book and her life has been documented special PBS documentary, Marion's Triumph.
This presentation is being offered to students in the World History, U.S. History, AP European and International Relations classes. This is an excellent opportunity for our students to hear a first-hand account of the Holocaust, which will soon be impossible as that generation is dying out. Her presentation also goes beyond these experiences. She discusses the importance of tolerance, positive thinking as well as creativity and inner-strength in the face of adversity.