Thought for the day

"The executive power in our government is not the only, perhaps not even the principal, object of my solicitude. The tyranny of the legislature is really the danger most to be feared, and will continue to be so for many years to come. The tyranny of the executive power will come in its turn, but at a more distant period." -- Thomas Jefferson, Democracy in America

Amon Leopold Goth (German: Amon Goth), the villain of Schindler's List, was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1908. At the age of 24 he joined the Nazi Party. In 1940, Amon Goethe became a member of the Waffen-SS.


He was assigned to the SS Headquarters for Operation Reinhardt in Lublin in German-occupied Poland in 1942. Operation Reinhardt was a plan to remove Jews from the ghetto in Poland into three death camps: Treblinka, Sobibor and Belzec, all of which were in eastern Poland.


In February 1943, Goethe was promoted and became the third SS officer to serve as commandant of the Plaszow labor camp.



While he was commandant of Plazzo, Goethe was assigned to oversee the liquidation of the Podgorz ghetto and later the labor camp at Zebny on March 13, 1943. The liquidation of the Podgorz Ghetto in Krakow is featured in the film, Schindler's List.