Holocaust Survivor to Speak at NUIM Today.

The NUIM History Society would like to invite all students and those interested, to attend Holocaust survivor Zoltan Zinn-Collis speak of his experiences in Bergan-Belsen Concentration Camp in 1945 later today.

The event will proceed at 18.30 sharp this evening in Iontas and all students hoping to attend are asked to come early. Zoltan Zinn-Collis is one of a small handful of living survivors of the Holocaust living in Ireland and published a book in 2006 about his experiences entitled Final Witness: My Journey from the Holocaust to Ireland.

Zinn-Collis, who prior to the Holocaust was born and raised in Slovakia, has lived in Ireland since the end of the Second World War. Since his retirement, he has shared his experiences with many young students across the country. Many NUIM students planning on attending tomorrow have commented fondly on hearing him speak when they had attended secondary school.

Another well know Slovakian born Holocaust survivor living in Ireland is Tomi Reichental. in 2009, Reichental took part in a documentary film, I Was a Boy in Belsen, which followed his account of being imprisoned in the camp in 1944, aged nine. He too has engaged in a mission of remembrance as the horrors of the Holocaust move from memory to history.

Today’s event will be a rare opportunity for many to hear the testimony, first hand, from one of the last surviving witnesses to one of the worst atrocities of the twentieth century.

Iontas, today, 18.30.

-Pádraig McCarrick

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