5T Resident Marion Blumenthal Lazan Receives Order of Merit: A Holocaust Survivors Commitment to Education & Remembrance


Marion Blumenthal Lazan was honored this past Sunday, January 21st, with the Order of Merit from the Federal Republic of Germany. Marion is a Holocaust survivor and a resident of Five Towns. This award is the highest honor given to a German citizen. General Consul David Gill and his wife Sheila Shrivastava hosted the event at the General Council’s residence in Manhattan.

The Order of Merit, bestowed upon Marion Blumenthal Lazan, not only recognizes her personal resilience but also signifies Germany’s commitment to combating historical ignorance and fostering a world where the lessons of the Holocaust are heeded, especially in the midst of rising global anti-Semitism. The Order of Merit is only given to a German citizen or foreigner that has made the impact like Marion has worldwide.

Marion Blumenthal Lazan, at the age of 89, remains undeterred in her mission to combat misinformation and educate people about the Holocaust. The global rise in anti-Semitism and the unsettling survey results serve as a stark reminder of the critical importance of her tireless efforts.

In the face of these challenges, Mrs. Lazan maintains a rigorous speaking schedule, driven by an unwavering commitment to fostering understanding and tolerance. Her indomitable spirit continues to inspire, reminding us that even in the face of adversity, the power of education and remembrance can prevail.

As the world witnesses a disturbing resurgence of virulent anti-Semitism in recent months, this prestigious award takes on added significance. Recent surveys highlight the alarming prevalence of ignorance about the Holocaust and skepticism about its occurrence. Despite overwhelming evidence of the horrific genocide perpetrated by the Nazis, with six million Jews killed, there is a disconcerting level of disbelief.

Marion was joined by her husband Nathaniel Lazan, their children Dr. David and Lisa Lazan, Robert and Susan Weinberg, and Michael Lazan. Their grandchildren, Arielle and Moshe Spern, Josh and Allysa Weinberg, Jordan, Hunter, Ian, and Kasey Lazan, were also present at the event. Additionally 3 of their 12 great-grandchildren, Leah Tova, Rachel Tehilla, and Ahuva Bracha Spern, were in attendance.

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