In this audio slideshow, Dr. David Marwell, Director of the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York, discusses the Plaszow camp, Amon Goeth and Oskar Schindler.
During World War II, Monika Hertwig and Helen Jonas both lived at Plaszow, the site of the concentration camp where thousands of people were killed under the sadistic rule of Monika's father, Amon Goeth. Born in 1945, Monika was only a year old when Goeth died; she spent her early years without a father and largely unaware of his legacy.
Helen Jonas was interned at Plaszow with her family when she was 15 years old; she was eventually handpicked by Goeth to be his personal maid in his private villa, where she experienced his brutality every day. She is one of approximately 1200 Jews who were saved by Goeth's colleague Oskar Schindler.
Dr. David G. Marwell, Director of the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City, received a Ph.D. in Modern European History from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Prior to his work at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. from 1997 to 2000, Dr. Marwell was Director of the Berlin Document Center in Berlin and then Executive Director of the JFK Assassination Records Review Board. He also served as Chief of Investigative Research for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Special Investigations. In that capacity, Dr. Marwell was responsible for conducting historical and forensic research in support of Justice Department prosecution of Nazi war criminals, including Klaus Barbie and Josef Mengele. He has also served as an expert witness and consultant to the governments of Canada and Australia on several war crimes prosecutions, and was a member of the Interagency Working Group for Nazi War Criminal Documents.