Close to Evil

In October 1944 at the age of nine, Tomi Reichental, along with twelve members of his family, was sent to the Bergin-Belsen concentration camp. Despite the horrors endured, Tomi was one of the few to survive.

Since breaking his fifty five year silence, he has been on a mission of remembrance, returning to Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp to face the horrors of his past, as captured in Gerry Gregg’s 2008 film Till the Tenth Generation, the first major documentary about the Holocaust made in Ireland.

Now, five years later, Praxis Pictures brings us the sequel, Close to Evil, which follows Tomi’s quest to meet Hilde Michnia, one of the SS Guards who kept him and thousands like him in brutal captivity during the final solution.

Ninety one years of age, Hilde is living quietly and alone in Hamburg – a devout Roman Catholic who is popular in her parish.

Following an anonymous tip off, Tomi goes in search of her. Along the way he uncovers a dark secret, one that Hilde has long since hidden…

Directed and Produced by Gerry Gregg (Praxis Pictures) for RTÉ and the Irish Film Board, Aine Casey co-ordinated the full picture and sound post for ‘Close to Evil’ here at Screen Scene, where it was Edited by the supremely talented Juangus Dinsmore.

Simon Thornton provided the online for the film, with Mark Fitzpatrick handling the audio mix.

The film took the second place spot in the Best Irish Feature Documentary category at this years Galway Film Fleadh, and won the audience prize at the 2014 IFI Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival.

‘Close To Evil’ aired on RTE in September 2014.