Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story by Lila Perl and Marion Blumenthal Lazan is a memoir of the Lazan family’s experiences during the Holocaust. It seemed as though every attempt the family made to leave Germany was met with failure. Even when they fled to Holland, they were sent back to Germany soon after Hitler’s troops took over the Netherlands. The family lived in refugee, transit, and prison camps in both Holland and Germany. Marion believed that if she could find four perfect pebbles in the yard of the prison camp at Bergen-Belsen then her family would remain whole and even survive the Nazi occupation in Europe.
This memoir is a very powerful look at what can happen when evil is allowed to flourish and how people can have faith that things will get better even in times of darkness. I read this book in about two hours, but the message remained with me long after.
Marion Blumenthal Lazan will be speaking at my school late in September. I look forward to hearing this survivor speak about her life and what it means to possess true courage.