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Black Author Discovers Her Grandfather Was Nazi Villain of Schindler’s List

jennifer-teege-1024Jennifer Teege and Ralph Fiennes as Amon Goeth in Schindler’s List     Oliver Hardt/AFP/Getty; Snap/REX USA

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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