Marion was in the Holocaust camps from the ages three to ten so she didn’t have a lot of work to do like the teenagers and adults. Everyday she looked for four identical pebbles which represented each of her family members surviving. She had the idea because her brother, Albert, said that no two pebbles were the same let alone four (Lazan and Perl, 8). Once at Appell, a German soldier snuck an apple to Albert. “This act of kindness by a German soldier was like a flicker of light in the darkness and made our bleak existence more bearable, at least for the moment,” Marion says as she recalls that day in Appell (Lazan and Perl, 65). The hope of many Jews helped them to always look on the brighter side and eventually survive the Holocaust.
Jews endured many cruel acts in the Holocaust but yet some found hope that helped them survive. Marion’s family and many other Jews suffered inhumane ways of living but somehow found hope that encouraged them to press on and have a will to survive. Even in the darkest of times there is always a brighter side, but it is up to yourself to find it and work towards it. Four Perfect Pebbles by Lila Perl and Marion Blumenthal Lazan shows what it was like to experience all of the Holocaust first hand. It shows that someone can be treated with no respect, and yet still