Tuesday 23 January 2018

Germans are good at much more than just football

German fans enjoying themselves at the World Cup
German fans enjoying themselves at the World Cup

GERMANS, good and bad, are my theme this week. Naturally I am nudged by their riveting role in the World Cup and the prospect of their support in sucking back some of the billions we spent bailing out AIB and associates. But I have two other reasons.

First, I am a co-producer on Gerry Gregg’s Close to Evil which premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh last Friday. The film follows Tomi Reichental, one of only three Holocaust survivors in Ireland, as he tracks down one of his former jailers, Hilde Liesewicz, a convicted war criminal, who lives in Hamburg.

Tomi reaches out to Hilde in the hope of closure. But she rejects reconciliation, insisting she is a blameless “victim of victor’s justice”. This prompts Tomi to probe into her claims of innocence with interesting results.

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