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One of the Last Holocaust Survivors Tells his Story to O’ Fiaich College

Tomi Reichental


O’ Fiaich College was privileged to host the visit of Holocaust survivor Mr. Tomi Reichental, who visited the school on Tuesday 25th February 2014. Tomi spoke to the students about his personal experiences as a child in the Belsen- Bergen concentration camps which were under Nazi rule.

Tomi was just 9 years old in October 1944 when he was rounded up by the Gestapo, along with 12 other members of his family and taken to a concentration camp.
In his lecture Tomi informed the students of his harrowing ordeals.

Tomi Reichental

“We lived in the same clothes day and night and the only food we had were boiled turnips and some bread. It was so cold; the temperature there could drop as low as -25C, five or six of us would huddle together with just one blanket for warmth. We starved for months; we were just skin and bone."In concluding his lecture, Mr Reichental imparted a strong message to the students present. "If you see someone abusing someone else, don't be a bystander – tell them it is wrong and it shouldn't happen.

O’ Fiaich College would sincerely like to thank Tomi for visiting the school. It was an excellent experience for students and teachers alike.

Tomi Reichental