Holocaust Survivor Marion Lazan to Speak at Legacy Banquet

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Marion Blumenthal Lazan, a Holocaust survivor, will be the keynote speaker for Columbus State University’s annual Legacy Celebration Banquet at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at the Cunningham Center.Marion Blumenthal Lazan

Lazan began speaking publicly about her Holocaust experiences in 1979. Since publication of her 1996 memoir, Four Perfect Pebbles, co-authored by Lila Perl, more than 1 million students and adults have heard the first-hand account of her Blumenthal family’s ordeal in presentations at schools, organizations and houses of worship around the globe. She details her family’s struggle from events preceding Kristallnacht, the November 1938 Nazi uprising that led to the imprisonment of 30,000 Jews in concentration camps, until her family was liberated more than six years later, when Lazan was 10 years old and weighed just 35 pounds.

“Mrs. Lazan’s powerful story is one that should be heard by everyone,” said Kimberly McElveen, CSU’s senior director of student engagement. “Her life is a testament to her determination and her perseverance in the face of incredible adversity.”

The annual banquet, hosted by CSU’s Office of Diversity Programs and Services, aims to celebrate the evolving legacies of CSU students and features awards in the following areas: Women's Leadership, Servant Leadership, Greek Leadership, Outstanding Student with a Disability, Lavender Alliance Community, Faith-based and Humanitarian, John Townsend Achievement Award, recipients of the CSU Goizueta Foundation Scholarship, and the Kiongozi Award for Outstanding International Leadership.

The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the CSU Bookstore and online at ColumbusState.edu/legacycelebration. Ticket prices are $12 for CSU students, or $70 for a table of eight, and $30 for the general public, or $180 for a table of eight.


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