Old Drogheda Society
I Was a Boy in Belsen
Venue: the Governor’s House Millmount
Tonight: Wednesday 26th March 2014 at 8 pm.
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.
Bookstall on night.
Includes Tomi’s book.