Returning after almost ten years since her last visit, Marion Lazan, who survived over a year in the Bergen Belsen concentration camp during World War 2, spoke to a filled auditorium of attentive students from 8th through 12th grade about her story of survival.

Lazan and her husband, Nathaniel, stayed after the hour long talk to take pictures and greet students and give hugs.


The hour long assembly remained captivating for the large majority of the students.  Lazan’s incredible feat of finishing in the top ten for grades in her American high school, after learning a new language, adjusting to life in America, and surviving numerous horrors throughout the Holocaust, drew loud applause from the student body. Her remarkable 64 years of marriage to her husband, also in attendance, received applause as well.

The first half-hour covered mostly her experiences leading up to and within the concentration camp, often mixing in enough imagery to remind students of the severity of what they saw.

Lazan holds the Gold Juden star she was forced to wear by Nazi soldiers

The second half moved into her life in “the blessed United States of America” and mixed lighter stories of eating potato chips and mayonnaise alongside advice such as  “check in with your moms and dads – you owe it to them. Right? Right.” and cautioning students to use “wonderful technology and social media” for good. 

Lazan’s primary message of treating each other with kindness resonated with many of the students in attendance.



Students also appreciated Lazan’s sense of humor and warmth, as she playfully echoed her husband’s reminders about her facebook page and her website,



2 Replies to “Holocaust Survivor Tells New Generation Her Story”

  1. While brief, I think this article definitely covers many of the major points of Marion’s presentation. Considering nothing can compare to her live retelling of her life story, this is a strong interpretation of what went on when she visited.

  2. This is an amazing article. The use of pictures is really helpful, and it describes the entire event really well.

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