Tomi Reichental (holocaust survivor)

Tomi Reichental (holocaust survivor)

 

I had the pleasure of photographing Holocaust Survivor Tomi Reichental recently. He was fascinating to listen to and we could have spent hours chatting. Tomi’s goal in life is to make sure the Holocaust is never forgotten.

A funny moment happened just as I had finished shooting. Tomi mentioned that the shelves we were shooting beside were made by him a few years ago. It turns out Tomi loves woodwork and has a fantastic workshop with the most amazing light. Unfortunately we could only make one portrait there as I was now eating into the journalist time. When you are working for a magazine that is a no-no. I could have spent the day photographing Tomi in the workshop.

Tomi has the energy and passion of a man at least 20 years younger. And in some ways he reminded me of my own dad. They both certainly had a passion for carpentry.