An MLK, Jr. Call for Peace: Marion Lazan

Event Date: 
Monday, January 22, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm


Marion Lazan will present a talk titled, "Four Perfect Pebbles: A Message of Perseverance, Determination, Faith, and Hope."

Immediately following the talk (6:45-7:30pm), a reception will be held in the Multicultural Student Services Center on the basement level of Newcomb Hall (near Theater).


Following Hitler’s rise to power, the Blumenthal family — father, mother, Marion, and her brother, Albert — were trapped in Nazi Germany. They managed eventually to get to Holland, but soon thereafter it was occupied by the Nazis. For the next six and a half years the Blumenthals were forced to live in refugee, transit, and prison camps that included Westerbork in Holland and the notorious Bergen-Belsen in Germany. Though they all survived the camps, Walter Blumenthal, Marion’s father, succumbed to typhus just after liberation.It took three more years of struggle and waiting before Marion, Albert, and their mother at last obtained the necessary papers and boarded a ship for the United States. Their story is one of horror and hardship, but it is also a story of courage, hope, and the will to survive.



Presented by Hereford College, the Office of African American Affairs, Multicultural Student Services, the Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity & Equity, the Harrison Institute and Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, the Black Presidents Council, the UVA Parents Fund, and the Luther P. Jackson Student Funding Committee.