The black granddaughter of a notorious Nazi concentration camp killer has penned a searing memoir about how he would have killed her because of her race.
Jennifer Teege, a German-Nigerian author, was shocked to discover that her grandfather was Amon Goeth, commandant of the Plaszow concentration camp during the Second World War, who was played by Ralph Fiennes in Schindler’s List.
Her book, Amon: My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me, documents her torment over the link with her bloodthirsty relative who would have regarded her as ‘subhuman’.
Goeth was a sadist who revelled in the misery of inmates at the camp in Nazi-occupied Poland – in the film Fiennes portrays him shooting at prisoners on their way to forced labour just for fun, while he also drank wine while watching guard dogs tear people to pieces.
She was given away shortly after birth – her mother Monika had only enjoyed a ‘fling’ with her father – and after being fostered she was eventually adopted by a wealthy couple in Munich.
Later she stumbled upon a book her mother had written about Goeth, known as the ‘Butcher of Plaszow’, and decided to explore her own family history.