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Inheritance is the story of Monika Hertwig, a soft-spoken woman grappling with a profound legacy left to her by a father she never really knew.
Monika's father was Amon Goeth.
Often described as a monster and inhuman, Amon Goeth was the prominent Nazi leader and commandant of the Plaszow Concentration Camp. Utterly ruthless and sadistic, he murdered thousands of Jews and others during the war.
When Schindler's List opened in 1993, Monika watched Ralph Fiennes' chilling portrayal of Amon Goeth. She found this depiction of her father so disturbing that she left the theater more than once.
The fact that this man was her father is a brutal reality that Monika didn't know anything about until her teen years. It is a fact that Monika still cannot reconcile. Feeling an aching need to come to terms with this legacy of evil, Monika reaches out to Helen Jonas-Rosenzweig, a survivor of the Holocaust. Helen lived enslaved under Goeth's roof, serving as both his maid and prey for nearly two years.
Sixty years after Amon Goeth's arrest and the liberation of Plaszow, Monika and Helen meet for the first time at what was once Goeth's luxurious villa overlooking the concentration camp. It s a brutally honest, gut-wrenching and emotional meeting that brings both closure and new questions for these women.
[And] it is that raw, unfiltered, uneasy, uncomfortable intimacy that makes this, as one audience member later remarked, much more than just another Holocaust movie. Here, in these women's tears and twisted smiles, in their attempt to make sense of events beyond comprehension are the living wounds of history -- terminal and undeniable. --The Los Angeles TimesSee all Editorial Reviews
I was surprised to find that this documentary had been done. It really shows the human drama and tragedy from two different perspectives. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John A. Modrowsky
Truth with Powerful statement! True love and conpassion!Published 2 months ago by Dennis Greg Lowry Jr
Difficult to watch the pain of both women. A must-see after watching Schindler's List!Published 3 months ago by Mary M
A truly memorable, haunting presentation of the meeting between Monika, the daughter of Amon Goeth, and Helen Rosenzweig, Goeth's former Jewish servant girl. Read morePublished 3 months ago by esther
Great documentary, interesting to hear both sides of the story regarding WWII concentration camps.Published 5 months ago by Julie A. Roelke
This is a very interesting glimpse of a women who discovered her father was quilts of killing many Jewish people in the Holocaust and must come to terms.Published 6 months ago by Kathleen LaCava
Wrenching picture of the effects of Nazi practices on the young. Even on those one might think should escape them.Published 6 months ago by CCM