Aug-31 09:20PM ABC2-TV: Inheritance

August 18, 2011 by J-Wire
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Monika Hertwig is grappling with a stunning and profound legacy left to her by her Nazi mass murderer father, Amon Goeth, whom she never knew.


Goeth, described as a ‘monster’ and ‘inhuman’, was hanged for his war crimes in 1946, the year after Monika was born. She only learnt of the brutal reality of her inheritance when she was a teenager and she cannot reconcile it.

Trying to come to terms with this legacy of evil, she reaches out to Helen Jonas-Rosenzweig, a Holocaust survivor, who suffered under Goeth’s sadistic practices when he was camp commandant at Plaszow, Poland. Helen was picked by Goeth when she was just 14, to live enslaved under his roof as maid and prey for nearly two years.

Helen and Monika have a gut-wrenching meeting at the site of the former Plaszow camp that brings both closure and new questions for them.

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