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Amon Göth

SS Officer Amon Göth

Profession: SS Officer

Nationality:
Austria
Austrian

Why Famous: Göth ran the Płaszów labor camp in Krakow during World War II. He was known for his extreme violence and sadistic methods of running the camp, which infamously included the shooting of Jewish prisoners from his villa balcony with a sniper rifle.

After the war he was arrested and tried as a war criminal. He was found guilty of homicide - the first such conviction in a war crimes trial - for "personally killing, maiming and torturing a substantial, albeit unidentified number of people."

In the 1993 Steven Spielberg film Schindler's List, which depicts his running of the Płaszów camp, Göth was played by Ralph Fiennes.

Born: November 12, 1908
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Star Sign: Scorpio

Died: September 13, 1946 (aged 37)
Cause of Death: Executed by hanging

Married Life

  • 1938-10-23 SS Officer Amon Göth (29) weds Anny Geiger on a civil ceremony

Events in the Life of Amon Göth

  • 1943-03-14 World War II: Kraków Ghetto is "liquidated"
  • 1944-09-13 Amon Göth removed as head of Kraków-Płaszów concentration camp by the SS for stealing state property
  • 1946-09-05 Amon Göth, former head of Kraków-Płaszów concentration camp, found guilty of imprisonment, torture, and extermination of individuals and groups of people, the first conviction of homicide at a war crimes court

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