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press release March 12, 2013


St. Teresa Regional School welcomed Marion Blumenthal-Lazan, a Holocaust survivor and co-

Gifts for Marion
GIFTS FOR MARION, photo provided
author of Four Perfect Pebbles, an award-winning book about her childhood under Hitler's rule.



Marion, along with her parents and brother, survived the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. She spoke to the students about the suffering she and her family endured there and the importance of positive thinking as well as creativity and inner-strength when working to overcome adversity.


She also urged the students to share her Holocaust story, telling them that their generation would be the last to hear first-hand accounts of the horrors of the Holocaust. She urged the students to be sure that the story of the Holocaust is told and remembered so that it is not repeated. Marion reminded STRS students to be tolerant of others and not stereotype individuals based on religious belief, color, race or national origin. She warned students to not blindly follow the leader and to “be good to each other."


Upper school students read Mrs. Lazan's book prior to her arrival and  were further inspired and educated by her visit.  At the end of the session, she was kind enough to personally autograph everyone's book and spend time meeting the students.




Saint Teresa Regional School, located on Evesham Road in Runnemede New Jersey, was established in 1929 and is served by the Sisters of The Immaculate Heart of Mary, as well as by dedicated lay faculty. St. Teresa School is a PreK through 8 Catholic educational institution that strives to empower students to know themselves as created and loved by God. Forming minds and hearts for leadership and service, we achieve academic excellence, spiritual development and individual responsibility in a safe and nurturing environment. St. Teresa Regional School 27 E. Evesham Road Runnemede, New Jersey (856) 939-0333  For more information please visit our website at