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Mount Saint Vincent Hosts Presentation of “Close to Evil”


Riverdale, N.Y. – The College of Mount Saint Vincent will host a discussion of Close to Evil, a follow-up documentary to Till the Tenth Generation, at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 in the President’s Reception Room of Founders Hall. The event is entitled “Forgive but Never Forget: Justice, Reconciliation, and the Holocaust.”

Till the Tenth Generation, which hosted its New York City premiere at the College in 2011, is a documentary film by Emmy-Award winning Irish filmmaker Gerry Gregg about the Holocaust. In the film, Slovak-born Tomi Reichental, one of three remaining Holocaust survivors in Ireland, travels back to Slovakia with Mr. Gregg to recall the life, and death, of Slovakia’s Jews.

In Gerry Gregg’s sequel, Close to Evil, Mr. Reichental attempts to interview a 93-year-old female guard from Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Since its release, the biopic documentary has led to investigations against the guard, which has resulted in both war crimes charged against her, as well as Mr. Reichental’s friendship and reconciliation with the granddaughter of the Nazi official who signed the deportation warrants of the Jews in Slovakia.

Mr. Gregg is one of Ireland’s most accomplished documentary filmmakers. He produced the current affairs program Today Tonight for eight years before establishing his own production company. Both Mr. Gregg and Mr. Reichental will attend the screening at the College, and will be available afterwards to discuss the film. They will also be joined by another Holocaust survivor from Slovakia, Peter Kubicek, who now resides in New York City.

This event is sponsored jointly by the College’s History Department, the History and Political Science Club, and the Office of the Provost.

About the College of Mount Saint Vincent
Founded in 1847 by the Sisters of Charity, the College of Mount Saint Vincent offers nationally recognized liberal arts education and a select array of professional fields of study on a landmark campus overlooking the Hudson River. Committed to the education of the whole person, and enriched by the unparalleled cultural, educational and career opportunities of New York City, the College equips students with the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary for lives of achievement, professional accomplishment and leadership in the 21st century.