Watch ‘Inheritance’ on POV

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Imagine watching Schindler’s List and knowing the sadistic Nazi camp commandant played by Ralph Fiennes was your father. Inheritance is the story of Monika Hertwig, the daughter of mass murderer Amon Goeth. Hertwig has spent her life in the shadow of her father’s sins, trying to come to terms with her “inheritance.” She seeks out Helen Jonas, who was enslaved by Goeth and who is one of the few living eyewitnesses to his unspeakable brutality. The women’s raw, emotional meeting unearths terrible truths and lingering questions about how the actions of our parents can continue to ripple through generations.

Inheritance airs on select PBS stations next Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 9 PM. (Schedules vary, so check your local listings.) The film will also be available in its entirety online from December 11, 2008 to January 4, 2009 on the POV website.

Watch the trailer:

On Monday, December 1, filmmaker James Moll, Monika Hertwig and Helen Jonas reunited for a special screening of Inheritance at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, where they answered questions from audience members. We will have video from the event on the POV website for the film next week. In the meantime, you can read more about the film, hear from filmmaker James Moll on the making of the film, read an interview with Helen Jonas’ daughter Vivian Delman about her experiences growing up as a child of a Holocaust survivor and see a slideshow of images from Plaszow, the site of the concentration camp where Helen Jonas and Monika Hertwig both lived during World War II.

We hope you get a chance to watch this provocative and powerful film. Be sure to come back to the POV Blog after you’ve seen it to share your thoughts and reactions with us.

Ruiyan Xu
Ruiyan Xu
Former POVer Ruiyan Xu worked on developing and producing materials for POV's website. Before coming to POV, she worked in the Interactive and Broadband department at Channel Thirteen/WNET. Ruiyan was born in Shanghai and graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Modern Culture and Media.
  • Rosalie Saltzman

    FOREIGNID: 17872
    You may use HTML tags for style and links. I belong to Channel 2 and would like to know when this documentary will be shown on my PBS Channel 2.

  • Simon Kilmurry

    FOREIGNID: 17873
    What city do you live in? For local broadcast dates you can visit and click on “Check Local Listings”.
    You can also watch the film in it’s entirety on the P.O.V. website.

  • Vaughn Judson

    FOREIGNID: 17874
    YThe documentary Inheritance shows the survivor saying that the “polish authorities” executed the nazi father because he was stealing from the jews. Polish people had been invaded and were under the control of the same nazis that the jews were under. Polish people could not have arrested, prosecuted or executed any German.

  • Kenneth

    FOREIGNID: 17875
    I have watched POV for many years on WUFT and have enjoyed many amazing programs…Inheritance, was at the top with many others. Great work!