Amon Göth

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Amon Göth.

Amon Leopold Göth (1 December 1908 – 13 September 1946) was an SS officer, most known to the general pubilc as the commandant of the Płaszów concentration camp, as despicted in the movie Schindler's List, which has been criticized for numerous reasons. See the article on this movie.

Göth was born in Vienna. In 1931, he became a member of the Austrian National Socialist Party. Around a year later he joined the SS. After engaging in illegal SS actions in Austria, he fled to Germany, returning after the Anschluss.

After the start of the war, he served in administrative function in the SS eastern areas. In 1942, he was made commandant of the Płaszów concentration camp in Poland in February 1943, but remained active elsewhere, supervising the closings of several ghettos.

On 13 September 1944, Göth was relieved of his position and charged by the SS with theft of property, failure to provide adequate food to the prisoners under his charge, violation of concentration camp regulations regarding the treatment and punishment of prisoners, and allowing unauthorized access to camp personnel records by prisoners and non-commissioned officers.

He was arrested by he United States military troops in early 1945. The Americans turned him over to Communist Poland, where he was sentenced to death and hanged.

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