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Condemned to Remember - Film Screening

Draiocht Blanchardstown
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Adults: €7.50 / €6 conc // Cert: 15A
Schools: €5 per student / 2 Teachers Free per class of 20+
Dur: 94 mins + 60 mins FREE post-screening Q&A with Tomi Reichental and Director Gerry Gregg.

In 1944, nine year old Tomi Reichental was one of over forty members of his family taken from his home in Nazi-run Slovakia and put on a train to Bergen-Belsen. Lucky to escape going to Auschitz, where he faced certain death, he was one of only six members of his family to survive the Holocaust.

Irish Holocaust survivor Tomi now celebrates his 80th birthday in a Dublin Mosque and embarks on an epic journey across a Europe in turmoil. In Germany, Tomi concludes his long quest to bring the convicted SS war criminal Hilde Michnia to account for her secrets and lies. In Poland and Slovakia, he confronts the ‘crisis of shame’ that prevents an honest reckoning with the scale of local ‘collusion’ with the Nazi extermination project. In Bosnia, Tomi embraces Muslim survivors of genocide, who still search for the bones of their loved ones. Along the way he puts himself into the shoes of the ‘new Jews’ and discovers a strong common bond with refugees fleeing the hell that is Syria.

Directed by Emmy award-winner Gerry Gregg, 'Condemned to Remember' explores whether we have really learned from the evils of the past.

"… this remains among the most moving films we will see this year." ★★★★ The Irish Times

"… fascinating and engrossing ..." Entertainment.ie

"I am condemned to remember the terrors of the past and compelled to resist the return of the evil that turned Europe into a wasteland." Tomi Reichental

In association with Access Cinema