JENNIFER TEEGE

Jennifer Teege was born in 1970 to a German mother and a Nigerian father. Placed in a children’s home at four weeks old, she was adopted by a German family when she was 7. In her twenties, she lived and studied in Israel, before returning to Germany and beginning a career in advertising. At age 38 she makes a shocking discovery about her origins: In a library, she picks a random book and learns that her biological grandfather was Amon Göth, the brutal nazi commandant of Płaszów concentration camp, known to millions through Steven Spielberg’s film “Schindler’s List”. Göth was responsible for the death of thousands, and was executed by hanging in 1946. His partner Ruth Irene, Jennifer Teege’s beloved grandmother, committed suicide in 1983. Faced with these cruel facts, Jennifer Teege begins to research her family’s history together with award-winning journalist Nikola Sellmair, visiting the sites of her family’s past and travelling to Poland and Israel. Step by step, the shock about her family’s depths gives way to her personal story of liberation, resulting in her best-selling memoir “My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past”.