"If she could find four perfect pebbles of almost exactly the same size and shape, it meant that her family would remain whole. Mama and papa and she and Albert would survive Bergen-Belsen. The four of them might even survive the Nazis' attempt to destroy every last Jew in Europe...."Marion Blumenthal Lazan's unforgettable memoir recalls the devastating years that shaped her childhood.
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 struggled 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 tory of courage, hope, and the will to survive.
"A harrowing and often moving account." (School Library Journal)
"Personal memoirs have no equal in their weight of truth and memory--[Marion Blumenthal Lazan's] have educated so many." (Elie Wiesel)
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