Tomi Reichental to Speak Soon at the 19th Annual Yom HaShoah (Interfaith Holocaust Commemoration)

May 4, 2016

Tomorrow night, Thursday the 5th, the Tulsa Council for Holocaust Education and Tulsa City-County Library (or TCCL) will jointly present the 19th Annual Yom HaShoah, which is an Interfaith Holocaust Commemoration happening at Temple Israel (near Utica Square in Tulsa). It's free to the public and begins at 7pm; the theme for this year's gathering is "Close to Evil." The keynote speaker at this special event will be Tomi Reichental, who is our guest today on StudioTulsa. As noted at a flyer for this event from the TCCL website: "In 1944, 9-year-old Tomi Reichental was deported from his native Slovakia to the notorious Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. After the war, Tomi eventually settled in Ireland, where he married, had a family, and never spoke of his ordeal. Since breaking his silence, Tomi has come 'close to evil' in the form of one of his former SS guards and [has] forged an unusual friendship with the granddaughter of a man who played a role in the murder of 35 members of his family." For more information on this year's Yom HaShoah, please call the Jewish Federation of Tulsa at 918-495-1100.