Saturday Reader: Black Author Discovers Grandfather Was Nazi Villain of Schindler’s List

Jennifer Teege and Ralph Fiennes as Amon Goeth in Schindler's List. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Teege and Universal Pictures

Jennifer Teege and Ralph Fiennes as Amon Goeth in Schindler’s List.
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Teege and Universal Pictures

In 2008, Jennifer Teege was strolling around a library in her native Germany for books on the depression she’d been struggling with when she spotted a cover photograph that looked strangely familiar: her biological mother.

So began a shocking odyssey in which Teege would learn the painful truth: Her maternal grandfather was Amon Goeth, the infamous Nazi war criminal portrayed by Ralph Fiennes in Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning film Schindler’s List.

Now Teege, a German-born black woman who was given up for adoption as a child, has chronicled her journey in a memoir due out in the United States in April titled My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past.

“The first shock was the sheer discovery of a book about my mother and my family, which had information about me and my identity that had been kept hidden from me,” Teege, 44, told Israeli newspaper Haaretz in a story featured on NPR.

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