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Holocaust Literacy Program

The CDCE invited Marion Blumenthal-Lazan to West Virginia University to speak about her unforgettable memoire, Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story, that recalls the devastating years that shaped her childhood. In preparation for this event, copies of  Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story were provided to participating 5th grade classes and teachers, along with teaching guides and vocabulary lists to aid in the learning process. Students and their teachers were then invited to meet the author and hear her presentation. A teacher's forum event was also held in conjunction with the author's presentation. 

About the Book:

four perfect pebbles

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, the 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 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.  For more information, please visit 

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