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Oral history interview with Ruth Goeth

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1284.4 | RG Number: RG-50.147.0004

Ruth Goeth, describes meeting Amon Goeth through business; eventually moving in with Goeth in 1943 and the accommodations at their villa in Płaszów, Poland; visitors to the villa; Goeth's work in setting up Płaszów; her attitude towards the labor camp; her feelings for Goeth; hearing about Goeth’s treatment of prisoners at the camp; her impressions of Oskar Schindler; the freedom of his camp, Emalia; the friendship between Goeth and Schindler; her memories of spending evenings with Goeth and Schindler discussing politics and listening to BBC broadcasts; feeling compelled to be a Nazi during the war; Goeth's parties; Goeth's attitudes towards Jews; witnessing antisemitism as a young woman in Poland; her opinion of Schindler's attitudes; never seeing inside the camp but seeing the stone quarry; her impressions of the living and working conditions for Płaszów inmates; the basis of the relationship between Goeth and Schindler; her efforts to protect her Jewish maids from punishment; Goeth's arrest by SS in 1944; Goeth’s release and the reasons for their visit to Brinnlitz; life at Płaszów during the summer of 1944; leisure time and parties during the war and dening that an SS officer committed suicide during one of the parties; protecting her maids from Goeth; Goeth beating Helen Hirsch; the lack of knowledge of Goeth's treatment of Jews; her regrets and not feeling guilty; and her influence on Goeth.

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Ruth Goeth
Jon Blair
interview:  1983 January 28
Documentary films.
1 sound cassette (90 min.).
Record last modified: 2020-04-07 10:59:55
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