Holocaust Day of Remembrance Specials Sunday at 2 pm

Based on the 1996 memoir Four Perfect Pebbles, Marion's Triumph: Surviving History's Nightmare recounts the six-year ordeal of Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan and her ongoing work to share her message of love, respect and tolerance with the world.(Photo: APT)
Based on the 1996 memoir Four Perfect Pebbles, Marion's Triumph: Surviving History's Nightmare recounts the six-year ordeal of Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan and her ongoing work to share her message of love, respect and tolerance with the world.(Photo: APT)

In 1938, deep within Nazi-occupied territory, the most heinous of acts were occurring. But out of the horror, come of hope, perseverance, and survival.

During the Sunday Showcase starting at 2 pm on WOSU TV, we remember, and honor the victims of the Holocaust and their continuing struggle.

Marion’s Triumph: Surviving History’s Nightmare
In 1938, the Blumenthal family began their journey to the United States as refugees from Nazi Germany. However, the Germans bombed the Blumenthals’ passenger ship, trapping them in occupied Holland. Six-and-a-half years of horror in various refugee, transit and prison camps — including notorious Bergen-Belsen — followed, as did an incredible story of near escapes, dashed hopes and tragedy.

Today, Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan recounts her ordeal to public, private and parochial schools, organizations, synagogues and churches all over the world to share her message of love, respect and tolerance. Based on the 1996 memoir Four Perfect Pebbles, Marion’s Triumph: Surviving History’s Nightmare presents a life-affirming, inspirational narrative of survival, reconciliation and the limits of endurance. The program, illustrated with historical footage, photos and animated flashbacks, features the surviving members of the Blumenthal family, and additional narration from Debra Messing (Will and Grace).

A Promise To My Father

This documentary follows Israel “Izzy” Arbeiter as he returns to the sites of his darkest hours and relives the Holocaust’s unimaginable horrors. Arbeiter’s incredible story of survival unfolds in Nazi-occupied Poland, where the teenager lived with his family in the Jewish ghetto of Starachowice.

Following his separation from his family, he endured life as a slave laborer in a German armaments factory and later, in numerous concentration camps throughout Europe, including the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau.

With his grandson in tow, Izzy travels to Treblinka, Auschwitz and Stuttof, and various Holocaust memorials, with the hope of bringing closure to this painful chapter of his life. He also visits his childhood home, now condemned, in the Polish city of Plock. Cameras follow the 87-year-old into the basement of the home, where he attempts to unearth family heirlooms hidden for decades.

Skokie: Invaded But Not Conquered

The Emmy-winning Skokie: Invaded But Not Conquered examines the personalities and issues connected to the attempted neo-Nazi March in Skokie, Illinois, a haven for Holocaust survivors since the end of World War II.

Produced to mark the event’s 35th anniversary, this engaging film’s extensive use of archival footage, movie clips and contemporary interviews explore the impact of the Skokie March, then and now, and reveal how a First Amendment debate turned Holocaust survivors into activists.

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