October 5, 2018
A Holocaust Survivor is “Condemned to Remember” in Irish documentary.
Solas Nua's Irish film series and NYU Washington, D.C., presented the U.S. premier of “Condemned to Remember” on October 5. In Emmy Award winning director Gerry Gregg’s third film about Irish Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental, the 83-year-old continues his mission to tell the world about what happened to him and his family in wartime Slovakia. In his journey across Europe, Reichental connects with Muslim refugees who have faced the kind of cruelty and persecution he remembers vividly from childhood. For Tomi, their fate and the rise of extreme nationalism all across Europe evokes echoes of the darkest days of his life under the jackboot of the Nazis and their collaborators.
Washington Correspondent for the Irish Times, Suzanne Lynch, served as moderator for the post-film discussion between Gerry Gregg, Tomi Reichental, and American Auschwitz Survivor Irene Weiss.
Culture Ireland covered the cost of the filmmakers travel to this U.S. premier.
“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.”
Suzanne Lynch was educated at the University College Dublin before completing a doctorate at Cambridge University in English Literature. Prior to her posting to Washington, she was European Correspondent for the Irish Times. Based in Brussels for four years, she led coverage of the euro zone crisis, Brexit and the refugee crisis.
During her career at the Irish Times she worked as a financial journalist, covering both domestic and international business news. She has also written extensively for British and Irish media on arts and cultural issues. She currently covers US politics from Washington and is a regular contributor on radio and TV in Ireland and internationally.