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