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Thu Oct 3, 2013, 01:06 PM

My Nazi grandfather, Amon Goeth, would have shot me

Jennifer Teege was shocked to discover her grandfather was a Nazi concentration camp commandant. Her mother never told her, and as a child she never knew her father - a Nigerian student with whom her mother had a brief affair. This is her story.

Five years ago in northern Germany, in Hamburg, I was in the central library and I came across a book. It was wrapped in a red cover and for some reason I was immediately drawn to it.

The title, translated into English, was I Have to Love My Father, Right? and it had a small picture of a woman on the front who looked faintly familiar.

So I took the book and quickly went through it. There were a lot of photos and as I looked at the book I felt something was wrong.

At the end, the author summed up some details about the woman on the cover and her family, and I realised they were a perfect match with what I knew about my own biological family.

So at that point I understood that this was a book about my family history.

The woman in the picture was my mother, and her father was Amon Goeth, the commandant of Plaszow concentration camp near Krakow.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24347798

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Blue_Tires Oct 2013 OP
gopiscrap Oct 2013 #1
lunatica Oct 2013 #2
JustAnotherGen Oct 2013 #3
Blue_Tires Oct 2013 #4
backscatter712 Oct 2013 #5
malaise Oct 2013 #6
Xipe Totec Oct 2013 #7
MicaelS Oct 2013 #8

Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Thu Oct 3, 2013, 01:10 PM

1. wow what a life narrative

I was born in Germany, family name was Stein, I have lived the Nazi actions all my life. My mom was ill all her life, had a stroke when I was 15, lived with American prejudice as a child immigrating, but my story doesn't even compares with yours!

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Thu Oct 3, 2013, 01:12 PM

2. That's a fascinating story!

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Thu Oct 3, 2013, 01:21 PM

3. Very Interesting

I don't think this was ever brought up in the documentary her mom appeared in with one of Goeth's survivors/victims . . .

You might be able to catch it on Netflix too . . . http://www.pbs.org/pov/inheritance/film_description.php

I agree with her though - it's easier to learn that stuff as a kid and integrate it into your life. I.E. My great great grandfather was an Irish immigrant - who rose to the rank of Colonel in the Confederate army and was a contemporary of Longstreet. When you walk into your black grandmother's home and she shows your her grand daddy's uniform, the MS regiment flag, the old clippings and such . . . as a little kid it becomes a 'part' of you.

How chilling though - her own grandfather would indeed have shot her for WHAT she is.

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Mon Oct 7, 2013, 10:47 AM

4. kick

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Mon Oct 7, 2013, 10:56 AM

5. Damn! He's the real life villain from Schindler's List.

Jaw-dropping...

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Mon Oct 7, 2013, 11:13 AM

6. Freaking wow

Fascinating

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Thu Oct 10, 2013, 01:00 PM

7. Sometimes, just existing is the best revenge. nt

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