70 minutes. Ireland. Colour/black & white. 2013. D-cinema

There will be a post-screening Q&A with directors Gerry Gregg and Tomi Reichental hosted by journalist Tanya Sillem.

 In 1945 Tomi Reichental was a nine-year-old boy starving to death in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. SS woman Hilde Lisiewicz was one of the Nazi guards that kept Tomi and his family in brutal captivity. Sixty-eight years later in 2013, Tomi speaks to schools all over Ireland about what he witnessed and how 35 members of his family perished in the Holocaust.

Ninety-one-year-old Hilde lives quietly alone in Hamburg – a devout Roman Catholic, popular in her parish. An RTÉ Radio interview leads Tomi to go in search of Hilde. Along the way he uncovers a dark secret that Hilde has long hidden. Tomi seeks neither to accuse nor to avenge. Will his quest end in rejection or redemption?

This screening will be preceded with the Irish short Home directed by Aoife Kelleher (15 mins).

This film is showing as part of the IFI Stranger Than Fiction 2013, Documentary Film Festival (September 26th – 29th).

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