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World needs to learn respect and kindness, Holocaust survivor says
Pupils hear woman’s story of childhood in concentration camp.
By MOLLY McCARTHY
Star-Gazette
May 16, 2006
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Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan, center, chats with Cohen Elementary School pupils Meghan Trumbul-Kennedy, left, and Gage Smith on Monday morning after an assembly at Edison High School in Elmira Heights.

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ELMIRA HEIGHTS– Marion Blumenthal Lazan’s life changed forever when, at 9 years old, she and her family were rounded up by German authorities and taken to the concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen.

The family — which included Blumenthal Lazan’s parents, Walter and Ruth Blumenthal, and brother, Albert Blumenthal — spent the next 1 1/2 years at the camp, surrounded by a 12-foot-high barbed-wire fence, before they and about 2,500 others were liberated by Russian forces from a train headed east toward the extermination camps in April 1945.