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Tomi Reichental Visits St Mary’s
Tomi Reichental ©Keith Dixon Photography-3

Tomi Reichental Visits St Mary’s

We were very fortunate to have Tomi Reichental, a holocaust survivor, visit the school on Thursday 15th March.  Tomi Reichental was born in 1935 in Slovakia. He was sent to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1944. Tomi has lived in Dublin since 1959 and regularly talks to Irish schools about his wartime experiences. Tomi Reichental ©Keith Dixon Photography-7Tomi addressed a gathering of Fifth Year and Transition Year students about his book I was a Boy in Belsen published by O’Brien Press.Screen Shot 2018-03-28 at 21.49.28 We were delighted to be able to open this event also to interested parents, and are particularly indebted to photographer Keith Dixon who attended and also took the photographs that accompany this piece.Tomi Reichental ©Keith Dixon Photography-24Tomi spoke about his experiences – both harrowing and uplifting – to a rapt audience for almost two hours, after which he took questions from the floor.Tomi Reichental ©Keith Dixon Photography-15

At the end of the talk two of our TY students presented Tomi with a beautiful planted basket as a token of our gratitude and appreciation.Tomi Reichental ©Keith Dixon Photography-17

After the event Tomi Kindly stayed behind to sign copies of his book for students, teachers and parents.Tomi Reichental ©Keith Dixon Photography-22Tomi Reichental ©Keith Dixon Photography-23Tomi Reichental ©Keith Dixon Photography-21Tomi Reichental ©Keith Dixon Photography-19

Special thanks to the History Department for organising this memorable event.Tomi Reichental ©Keith Dixon Photography-29

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