Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh is a German scholar whose work in literature and history is interdisciplinary in a German-Jewish-Irish triangle. He has worked on the legacy of the Holocaust, the German involvement in Celtic Studies and, more recently, on Jews in Irish literature and history. He has published five monographs, including the first comprehensive study of Jews in GDR literature, a biography of the Austrian Celticist Julius Pokorny and a study of relations between Germans and Jews since the Holocaust, as well as six edited collections and over 40 articles and chapters.
Tomi Reichental was born in Piestany in Slovakia in 1935. He was nine years old when the Nazis deported him with his mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin and brother to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. He came to Ireland in 1960 and lives in Dublin with his partner, Joyce. In 2012, he was awarded the Order of Merit, the highest honour that Germany bestows for services to the nation, by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Joachim Gauck, for his untiring commitment to furthering mutual understanding, reconciliation and German-Irish friendship. In 2014 he was awarded the International Person of the Year by RTÉ for his untiring work in promoting tolerance and reconciliation, and in 2015 he received an honorary doctorate from Maynooth University for his tireless work and dedication to combating xenophobia and racism.