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Tomi Reichental

Engineer, an author and a human-rights activist

Tomi Reichental is an engineer, an author and a human-rights activist. He was the subject of the documentaries I Was a Boy in Belsen and Close to Evil, directed by Gerry Gregg. In 2012 Reichental was awarded the Order of Merit by the president of the Federal Republic of Germany, for his untiring commitment to furthering mutual understanding, reconciliation and German-Irish friendship. He has also received a Global Achievement Award and was the recipient of the 2014 International Person of the Year Award. He is the author of I Was a Boy in Belsen (2011) and is currently working on a second book.

At Nine Years Old I Was Imprisoned In Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp

<img alt="life less ordinary banner" src="" width="300" height="35" /> We were told to move towards the doors, and everybody got a piece of soap. We entered this large room with concrete floors and pipes with showerheads crisscrossing the ceiling. And when everybody was in, it suddenly became very silent. We didn't hear the soldiers anymore. The door was slammed behind us. We stood there, and the adults all looked up towards those showerheads. I didn't know what was happening. I saw some of the women were crying.
15/09/2017 16:44 BST