Condemned to Remember
It has been Bergen-Belsen survivor Tomi Reichental lifelong quest to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive so that its horrors will never be repeated. In Condemned To Remember, Tomi travels to Germany to conclude his long quest to bring the convicted SS war criminal Hilde Michnia to account. In Poland and Slovakia, he confronts the ‘crisis of shame’ that obscures the scale of local ‘collusion’ with the Nazi extermination project. In Bosnia, he embraces Muslim survivors of a genocide who still search for the bones of their loved ones. Always he puts himself into the shoes of the “new Jews” and discovers a strong common bond with refugees fleeing the hell that is Syria.
'(A)mong the most moving films we will see this year. All involved should be proud.' **** - Donald Clarke, The Irish Times
'(A) fascinating and engrossing documentary… Tomi Reichental, who is the movie’s heart, spirit and mind… is so insightful, clear-cut and quietly determined as to make for a spirited narrator.' - Deirdre Molumby, entertainment.ie
'The call for empathy, social responsibility and resistance of bigotry feel incredibly prescient and important in this era of neo-Nazis, racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia.' - Roe McDermott, Hot Press