The next Old Drogheda Society lecture will be on Wednesday March 26th at 8 pm in the Governor's House, Millmount, when Tomi Reichental, who lost 35 members of his family in the Holocaust and was the subject of the documentary Till The Tenth Generation, gives his account of being imprisoned as a child at Belsen concentration camp.
Tomi Reichental was born in 1935 in Piestany Slovakia. In 1944 he was captured and deported to Bergen Belsen concentration camp with his mother, grandmother, brother, aunt and cousin. When he was liberated in April 1945 he discovered that 35 members of his extended family were murdered, grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins died in the Holocaust.
Tomi has lived in Dublin since 1959. For fifty-five years he did not speak of his wartime experiences ‘not because I didn’t want to, but because I couldn’t.' Since breaking his silence he has been back to Bergen-Belsen and to his home village of Merašice and is a regular speaker in schools, where he is a living testament to the truth of the Holocaust for a new generation.
His story is a story of the past. It is also a story for our times. The Holocaust reminds us of the dangers of racism and intolerance, providing lessons that are relevant today.
There will be a bookstall on the night and all are welcome.
Drogheda Museum Millmount