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When Steven Spielberg's movie Schindler's List was released in 1993, Monika Hertwig went to see the film, "looking for my father," she says. Her father was Amon Goeth, a Nazi officer and commander of the Plaszow concentration camp outside Krakow, Poland. Since age 11, when she found out he was a ruthless murderer, Monika had been searching for answers about her father.

On screen, Monika saw actor Ralph Fiennes portray her father as a sadistic monster, single-handedly responsible for killing thousands of Jews during the Holocaust.

"When I came home I was sick," she says. "Spielberg told me the truth. And for telling me the truth, I attacked him because I didn't want to know everything."
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Published on January 01, 2006

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