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Jennifer Teege (born 29 June 1970) is a German writer. Her maternal grandfather was Austrian Nazi concentration camp commander and war criminal Amon Göth. Her 2015 book My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family's Nazi Past was a New York Times bestseller.

Jennifer Teege
BornJennifer Göth
(1970-06-29) 29 June 1970 (age 49)
Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Alma materSorbonne University
Notable worksMy Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family's Nazi Past
RelativesMonika Hertwig (mother)
Ruth Irene Kalder (maternal grandmother)


Teege, who was born Jennifer Göth to a Nigerian father and an Austrian-German mother, grew up in foster care.[1] She was adopted at the age of seven.[2] Her grandmother was Ruth Irene Kalder [de], who had a two-year relationship with Amon Göth until the end of the Second World War, and with whom she had a daughter, Monika Hertwig [de], who was born in November 1945 and whom he never met.[3] Teege studied at the Sorbonne, and learned Hebrew in Israel where she studied for five years.[4]

At the age of 38, Teege unexpectedly found out about her family history, by picking a book in a Hamburg library which happened to be her mother Monika Hertwig's biography and where she discovered that Amon Göth was her grandfather, which caused her to plunge into a severe depression. She decided to combat her depression and come to terms with this revelation by writing her book My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me.[5][6] Her book was a success and became a New York Times bestseller. Translations of the book, which was originally published in Teege's native language, German, have been made into Danish, English, French, Hebrew, Italian, Dutch, Polish and Spanish.[7][8][9][10]


  • Jennifer Teege, Nikola Sellmair: Amon. Mein Großvater hätte mich erschossen. Rowohlt, Reinbek bei Hamburg 2013, ISBN 978-3-498-06493-8.

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  1. ^ "My Nazi grandfather, Amon Göth, would have shot me". BBC. 3 October 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Jennifer Teege Holocaust Remembrance Day Program". Sixth & I. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  3. ^ Jennifer Teege (April 7, 2015). My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me. Workman Publishing. pp. 8–9. ISBN 1615192549. Retrieved 23 October 2015 – via Google Books preview.
  4. ^ "Jennifer Teege, Granddaughter of Nazi war criminal Amon Göth". Deutsche Welle. 2013-12-01. Retrieved 2015-09-17.
  5. ^ Don Snyder (5 March 2014). "My Nazi Grandfather Would Have Shot Me". NBC News. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  6. ^ "How an Author Is Coping with the Discovery That Her Grandpa Was a Nazi". Retrieved 2015-09-17.
  7. ^ "'My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me': a Nazi in the family". Retrieved 2015-09-17.
  8. ^ Philyaw, Deesha (2015-06-05). "When the skeleton in the family closet is a Nazi". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2015-09-17.
  9. ^ "What's It Like To Be Black And Have A Famous Nazi Grandfather?". Retrieved 2015-09-17.
  10. ^ "Jennifer Teege: My Nazi grandfather would have shot me | The Sunday Times". Retrieved 2015-09-17.

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