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Holocaust survivor shares her story

Now the mother of three and grandmother of nine, Lazan, who lives on Long Island, spends much of the year sharing her story at schools around the county.

And while Lazan recognizes her own remarkable story, she likes to say the real survivor is her mother, who turned 100 in February.

"I still call her every day," said Lazan.

Lazan shared her story in the Capital District last week, making stops at O'Rourke Middle School, part of the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District, Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library and Schalmont Middle School.

Lazan, who began speaking publicly about her experiences in 1979, is also the author of an acclaimed memoir, "Four Perfect Pebbles," published in 1996. The book is housed in several local schools and public libraries.

"This is the last generation that will hear from a Holocaust survivor," said Linda Fasano, middle school librarian at Schalmont. "Every kid has heard of Anne Frank, but she didn't survive."

She said Lazan has been coming to Schalmont for nearly 10 years and that her book is a popular choice of students.

Nancy Pearse, dean of students at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, said she thought Lazan's message resonated with students because it teaches not to dwell on the past and to look into the future with optimism.

"I hope they learned the message," said Pearse. "It was very powerful."

-- By ROSS MARVIN and ASHLEY LUCAS, Spotlight Staff

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