Amon Goeth's House
House on Jerozolimska
Street where Amon Goeth lived
The photograph above, taken in 1998,
shows the front of the house where Amon Goeth lived during the
time that he was the Commandant of the Plaszow camp near Krakow,
Poland. His mistress, who was introduced to him by Oskar Schindler,
lived with him in this house.
The back of the house
where Amon Goeth lived
The photo above shows a tour group at
the house where Amon Goeth lived. At the top of the photo is
the famous balcony from which Goeth allegedly shot prisoners
at random with a high-powered rifle.
The photograph below shows another house
on Jerozolimska Street, which was used as the residence of Amon
Goeth in the movie, Schindler's List.
House used in the movie
Schindler's List as Amon Goeth's house
The novel, Schindler's Ark, on which
Spielberg's movie is based, says that Goeth stepped out of the
front door of a "temporary residence" and shot prisoners
at random. Later when he moved into a three-story white house
on Jerozolimska Street, Goeth shot prisoners from the balcony,
according to the book. In the movie, Schindler's List, Goeth
is shown standing on the balcony in the rear of his house, shooting
prisoners, who were not working fast enough, with a high-powered
rifle. According to my tour guide, he actually shot prisoners
from a hill overlooking the camp because his house was behind
The photograph below shows Goeth standing
on the balcony, smoking a cigarette, and holding a rifle.
Amon Goeth holding
a rifle on the balcony of his house
Goeth was married and had two children,
who were living in Vienna while he was the Commandant of the
Plaszow camp; his wife divorced him in 1944. He had been previoulsy
married and his first wife had divorced him in 1934, according
to a book entitled "Schindler," written by David Crowe.
Like Oskar Schindler, whose wife did not accompany him to Krakow,
Goeth took a mistress, Ruth Irene Kalder, who was one of Oskar
Schindler's secretaries. Goeth lived lavishly and drank heavily,
just like his friend Schindler, who is shown the photo below,
taken several years after the war.
Goeth's mistress remained loyal to him
and kept a photograph of Amon on her night table until the day
she died. In an interview with a British journalist in 1983,
she described Goeth as a charming man with impeccable table manners.
She said that she never regretted, for one second, her relationship
with Amon, which began when she was 25 years old. Kalder committed
suicide the day after her interview in 1983. Allegedly, she had
become distraught when she learned that the 82-minute documentary,
which the journalist was making, was not just about Oskar Schindler,
but would include a negative portrayal of her former lover, Amon
Goeth, who was also the father of her love child, Monika, born
in November 1945. Kalder was a young, beautiful woman with a
slender figure, a former actress and an experienced secretary;
why she chose to live with a monster like Amon Goeth remains
a mystery to this day.
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