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February 21, 2010

“I had myself sterilized so I would not pass on the blood of a monster”

This morning I came across a news article in a British newspaper about the children of the Nazi war criminals, which had this sentence in the headline:  “I had myself sterilized so I would not pass on the blood of a monster.”

“German monster” Hermann Goering

The person who said this was Bettina Goering, great niece of Adolf Hitler’s second in command, Hermann Goering; she spoke these words on camera in a documentary, entitled Hitler’s Children, made by Israeli director Chanoch Zeevi.

Pictured in the front row are: Hermann Goering, Rudolf Hess, Joachim Von Ribbentrop, Wilhelm Keitel and Ernst Kaltenbrunner

The “monsters” in the photo above are, from left to right, in the front row: Hermann Goering, Rudolf Hess, Joachim Von Ribbentrop, Wilhelm Keitel and Ernst Kaltenbrunner. The photo was taken at the trial of the German war criminals, known as the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal.

Hitler with his god-daughter Edda Goering, daughter of Herman Goering

Hitler with his god-daughter Edda Goering, daughter of Herman Goering

Of course, Hitler had no children, even though his love of children, and dogs, has been well documented. Maybe he didn’t want to pass on the monster genes that he knew he had.  Hitler’s only known relatives, who are now living in America, have never married, and they say it is because they don’t want the Hitler name to continue.

Hitler loved children and dogs

Hermann Goering was the Commander-in-Chief of the Luftwaffe (German Air Force), President of the Reichstag, Prime Minister of Prussia, and Hitler’s designated successor. Goering set up the German secret state police, which was called the Gestapo, and he also authorized a conference to plan “the Final Solution to the Jewish Question.”

After reading more of the news article, I learned that Bettina Goering, who now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is not really a blood relative of a Nazi monster. Bettina said that her father, Heinz Goering, was adopted by his infamous uncle, Hermann Goering, after his own father died.  Still, one can’t be too careful.  Both Bettina and her brother had themselves sterilized so that they could never breed any little monsters.

Also featured in the documentary is Niklas Frank, the son of Hans Frank, whom the news article describes as “the  Nazi governor of occupied Poland responsible for the death camps in which six million Jewish people were killed.” (Four of the Nazi death camps were in occupied Poland: Majdanek, Belzec, Treblinka,  and Sobibor.  The other two, Auschwitz and Chelmno, were in the Greater German Reich.)

Niklas says in the documentary that he “despises” his father’s past and describes his father as “a slime-hole of a Hitler fanatic.”

Monika Hertwig, daughter of Amon Goeth

The most pathetic of the children of the Nazi monsters, in my mind, is Monika Hertwig, the daughter of Amon Goeth. In the documentary, Monika describes her meeting with a man who tells her how her father shot women and babies “for sport.”

Monika was featured in another documentary, in which the house where her father allegedly shot prisoners from the balcony is shown.

Tourists at the house where Amon Goeth allegedly shot prisoners from the balcony

In 1998, I visited the house where Amon Goeth lived, which is shown in the photo above, and my tour guide told me that Amon Goeth actually shot prisoners from the top of a hill that is in between the house and the camp.  As anyone can plainly see, the camp is not visible from the balcony of Amon Goeth’s  house because of that hill.

There is a famous scene in Steven Spielberg’s movie,  Schindler’s List, in which the Commandant of Plaszow is shooting prisoners at random from his balcony. In the novel Schindler’s Ark, on which the movie is based, the author explains that Amon Goeth was allowed to shoot prisoners from his balcony because Plaszow was not at that time a concentration camp under the control of the Economic office in Oranienburg.  However, Goeth and Monika’s mother did not live in the house with the balcony while Plaszow was a labor camp, so this scene is total fiction.

Scene from the movie “Schindler’s List”

Later, in the movie, Amon Goeth is no longer there, but there is no explanation for why he is gone.  In real life, Goeth was arrested by Dr. Georg Konrad Morgen, the SS judge who investigated all the concentration camps for corruption and crimes against the prisoners. When the war ended, Goeth was awaiting trial in Morgen’s court, on a charge of stealing from the camp warehouses. Goeth was put on trial in a Polish court, but he was not charged with personally shooting anyone, nor with beating his maid.

Daughter of Amon Goeth is made into a monster with bad lighting

In 1968, after a visit to Germany, Elie Wiesel wrote these famous words in Legends of Our Time:

“Every Jew, somewhere in his being, should set apart a zone of hate — healthy, virile hate — for what the German personifies and for what persists in the German.”

Should all Germans have themselves sterilized because of  “what the German personifies” and for “what persists in the German?”

Should the Germans be forbidden to adopt children because the genes of German monsters can be passed on, even to children that are not blood relatives?

You can read the whole story here.

24 Comments »

  1. More about Bettina Goering could be found @ http://guilt-project.org/bettina-goering-coping-with-guilt.html

    Comment by kwinker — March 2, 2014 @ 9:27 am

  2. Hmmm, you and your brother got sterilized to seize the familiy name “Goering” in your own words. But on the other hand you have mentioned that your good deeds and intentions are to bust the “Blood Theory” of Nazism… HMMM…. now forge that iron boy…

    Comment by Michael — January 29, 2014 @ 10:51 pm

  3. I believe that in Ezekiel 18 of the Bible, it is clear that God holds people responsible for their own actions, and not the actions of their relatives. He does not blame the children,
    So why should we? Of course this makes sense. It is in all of us to do dreadful things. If you have evil ancestors – that was them, not you. I hope people in this position manage to find their peace about this. I do not believe for a minute it was evil genes. It was evil decisions. End of story, Sue

    Comment by Sue — November 11, 2013 @ 2:41 pm

    • Yes, you’re absolutely right, Sue. I saw the dvd Hitler’s children and so wanted to talk to Bettina. She is innocent. I don’t think that it is good for her, psychologically, to ask ‘forgiveness’ from anyone.

      Comment by Teresa Salyer — November 12, 2013 @ 5:58 am

  4. […] second in command Goering) lives in Sante Fe, asking from people hate Germans for what they are. (1) Bettina Goering lived in exile in New Mexico and shockingly described how she  and her brother […]

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  5. As a Jewish woman, I ask Monika to not feel guilty as she had nothing to do with her evil father. Her mother Ruth, however, is different. I hope she prayed to God for forgiveness for what she did not do for God’s children. She holds gilt, not Monika

    Comment by Colleen — August 2, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

  6. I saw the documentary, Hitler’s Children. I wish that the children had not felt any guilt about their infamous family. They are innocent and deserved to be happy. Monika grew up to be a wonderful and sensitive person. The others, too. In my family, I was told finally, and really it’s just a historical footnote, that wouldn’t comfort anyone. My uncle, Carl Garrett was Sergeant of the Guard at Neuremburg and carried out the sentences for the convicted Nazi war criminals. He is also the American soldier who left his post to answer the office phone, and although gone for 2 minutes, Goering had the opportunity to take the hidden cyanide. My uncle was punished, of course for leaving his post and how the Russians wanted blood and who could blame them! But, it is strange for me, because of my uncle’s irresponsible actions, justice wasn’t served and history was changed. And maybe even making everything worse for Bettinna Goering and her family. Bettinna, I am glad you’ve decided to stop feeling guilty for Hermann Goering’s actions! Bettinna my sister lives in Los Alamos and indeed was a hippi herself. She has studied Riki and is also a healer and on a spiritual path as well. We are of the same age and interests and I know you are a doctor of Oriental medicine, which is so cool! Take Care Bettinna and just be the good person that you always were! The older I get in life, the more firmly I believe, that we are all connected spiritually in this world with every living person on the planet. One life affects another…. Take care. Sincerely, Teresa

    Comment by Teresa Salyer — August 2, 2013 @ 8:21 am

  7. are there any children of Nazis that are not ashamed by what their parents have done?

    Comment by donna — July 19, 2013 @ 4:26 pm

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  9. The author wrote:

    “Should all Germans have themselves sterilized because of “what the German personifies” and for “what persists in the German?”
    Should the Germans be forbidden to adopt children because the genes of German monsters can be passed on, even to children that are not blood relatives?”

    Does anyone else feel that the spirit behind the postulation of this question is strikingly similar to that which motivated the nazis in the first place?

    Furthermore, this Elie Wiesel quote on hate and the endorsement for hatred of “Germans” is rather problematic in my eyes. It constitutes a hate filled response to the hate to which he was subjected. To propagate hate towards people born in a country is like propagating hate against people who claim a religion. It is indiscriminate and irresponsible. It is as bad as Nazism.

    What is truly worthy of hate? I think in this situatation, it is the disregard to the fundamental value of human life that lead to mass murder.

    Not Germans.

    While history and the holocaust are emotionally charged topics and represent a dark period of human history, promoting hatred as a response to hatred perpetuates a destructive cycle and creates an environment in which most of us would choose to avoid.

    I am of German descent my friend. I think we both hope the world never sees murder on the scale of the holocaust again. You are free to hate me because of my ancestors, but you will only make yourself unhappy in doing so. I hope only that you find peace and contentment in this life.

    Comment by bill Jankeys — June 23, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

  10. Bettina Goering is a blood relative. Her father was the nephew of Goering. When his father died, Bettina’s father was adopted by his Uncle Hermann.

    Comment by Dichroism — June 12, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

  11. I recently posted a review of the documentary “Inheritance” on Amazon, and the responses to it are developing into quite an interesting thread. I invite you to read it here:

    http://www.amazon.com/Inheritance/product-reviews/B003LSY2JS/ref=cm_cr_dp_qt_hist_one?ie=UTF8&filterBy=addOneStar&showViewpoints=0&tag=appmatic-20

    Comment by deenibeeni — February 16, 2013 @ 8:37 am

    • I read your review. I have not seen the documentary, so I cannot write a review of it.

      Susanna was the name that Amon Goeth gave to one of his maids, both of whom were named Helen. Susanna was Helen Sternlicht. Helen Hirsch was the main one who worked for Amon Goeth. In the book Schindler’s Ark, which is fiction, it is pointed out that Amon Goeth considered Helen Hirsch to be his friend. On page 286 of the novel, it is mentioned that, after Amon Goeth was arrested, he wrote a polite note to Helen Hirsch asking her to send him some things for his use in prison. “It was, she thought, like a letter from a relative.” Amon Goeth called Helen Hirsch as a defense witness at this trial. Would he have done that if he had abused her?

      On page 278 in the novel Schindler’s Ark, it is mentioned that Goeth offered to give Helen Hirsch a good reference if she needed it to get a job after the war.

      On page 279, the author of Schindler’s Ark wrote that Amon Goeth “was a gentleman cusser; he seemed to be too fastidious to use obcenities.” Amon’s girlfriend, Monika’s mother, said that Amon had “nice manners.”

      I think that it is possible that Amon Goeth was given a bad rap. He is one of the arch villains of the Holocaust, along with Dr. Menegele. We know that the story of him shooting prisoners from his balcony is a lie. How many more lies have been told about Amon Goeth?

      I think that it was wrong for Helen Sternlicht, who SNEAKED INTO THE PLASZOW CAMP, to make Monika feel bad about her father.

      Comment by furtherglory — February 17, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

      • Before you make any further assumptions about the “bad rap” that was given to Amon Goeth, perhaps you should take the time to watch the documentary so that you can make your decisions based on the truth, rather than fiction.

        But you are correct on one thing. The shooting of prisoners from his balcony IS in fact, a lie. He shot them from the hill behind his home. The fact that he arbitrarily shot people for sport seems to be the more pertinent issue here… not WHERE he shot them from.

        Oh… and by the way… LOTS of “monsters” have been known to have “gentlemanly” characteristics. Just ask the victims of BTK… Ed Gein… etc, etc, etc. But.. maybe they just got “bad raps” too…. hmmmm

        Comment by Tikkidee — June 29, 2013 @ 2:57 pm

  12. Helen Jonas (Goeth’s maid) gave her account of Goeth’s actions in “holicaust voices”. I believe that nazi’s used the trial of unlawful killing of a prisoner when it suited them. It would have been the one crime that most nazis would have committed; without fear of reprimand. Goeth was tried as a war criminal, and it is thought that was responsible for tens of thousands of deaths through orders, and around 500 on his own.

    I feel the children of the perpetrators can either live in guilt and shame, or try to defend the actions of their parents (as Helen Jonas feels that Monka Goeth has done). To end their family lines by sterilisation is a drastic action, but also a significant testament to how affected they are by the events of the past. If I was a survivor, I think that would reassure me that they have some comprehension of the awful experiences that had been inflicted on millions of innocent people.

    Comment by Cassandra — February 3, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

  13. why is monika goeth pathetic?? she can’t be blamed for her father’s actions.

    Comment by misha — September 19, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

    • I just watched “Inheritance” and was somewhat taken aback by the comments and attitude of Helen Jonas. Allow me to explain before you pass judgement. I understand that the things she saw and experienced are absolutely unimaginable. I understand that Goeth was truly a monster. There is no excuse, reason or defense for his actions. Or any of the events of that horrific time. HOWEVER.

      That was Amon Goeth… NOT Monika Goeth. That poor woman has had to bear a cross that was erected before she was even born, not to mention torn down before she was less than a year old. Talk about lack of fairness and forgiveness!!

      At no point in the documentary did I hear Monika “defend” her father. There was a point in the story where Monika was relaying the lies that she had been told (her mother’s attempt to justify the actions of her father) and Helen refused to understand that Monika wasn’t defending her father, but simply telling her story. The pain on Monika’s face and the internal conflict she goes through is evident.

      I understand the pain that Helen went through and the deep emotional scars that remain as a result. Perhaps this is why she can’t see past her own hurt and resentment to find it in her heart to help unburden a woman who had absolutely nothing to do with these horrors but is simply cursed by parentage, over which she has no control.

      Why do the children of these monsters have to pay for the sins of their fathers?? Why should they have to live their lives in guilt and shame? I’ve not heard ONE interview (and I’ve watched/read MANY) from any of these children that said, in any way, shape or form that they supported or were proud of what their fathers had done. Oh… and just because they did not choose sterilization, does not mean they don’t have sympathy toward the survivors.

      Comment by Tikkidee — June 29, 2013 @ 2:43 pm

  14. In answer to your larger, rather interesting question, obviously rhetorical, should Germans be allowed to adopt children: I was born in a so- called “Home for Fallen Girls” and adopted (in 1961) by Nazis who were in denial all their lives. I’m not making a joke. It is not a childhood I wish on you. These people projected all their shame (“you will turn out like your mother”), unfulfilled grief and obedience-leading-to-catrophe and false victimhood onto me. They thought of me in a Nazi way (as “asozial” and inferior to them) to their death. No, former Nazis ought NOT to have been allowed to adopt. And I find no fault, at any rate, with the famous Nazi childrens’ decision not to have children themselves.

    Comment by mipochka — December 23, 2011 @ 11:48 am

  15. I believe the larger point regarding Monika Goeth is that Amon Goeth SHOT PEOPLE FOR SPORT, and that is what haunts his daughter, not whether it was from the balcony or the hill. Whether they got it wrong in the movie or not, it has been well documented. He was not charged with beating his maid because it would have seemed unimportant at the time, considering the larger crime of running a camp. The victim, Helen Jonas, did not speak of it until many years later. Its too bad you visited the area of the camp but seem to have lost sight of what a crime its very existence represented – because from the balcony you can only see the hill?

    Comment by mipochka — December 23, 2011 @ 11:34 am

    • You wrote that Amon Goeth shot people for sport and that “it has been well documented.” Has this documentation been published where I could read it for myself? Are there photos of Amon Goeth killing people for sport? Why wasn’t this documentation presented at the trial of Amon Goeth in Poland. He was not charged with “killing people for sport.” Why not?

      Before the end of the war, Amon Goeth was arrested by the Nazis themselves and charged with stealing from the camp. Why wasn’t he also charged with “killing people for sport”? The Nazis did charge Karl Otto Koch with ordering the death of two prisoners at Buchenwald. Koch was convicted in a Nazi court and executed. Why wasn’t Amon Goeth charged with killing prisoners for sport? Monika’s mother stayed with Goeth even after he was arrested. She was a beautiful woman who was a former movie actress. Why would a beautiful woman, who could have had any man that she wanted, stay with a man who killed people for sport?

      Comment by furtherglory — December 23, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

      • If you enter the U.S. library cataloguing system called “WorldCAT” and enter “Amon Goeth” as a SUBJECT you will get a list of various books, the film that your still is from, “Inheritance,” with Helen Jonas’ testimony (she lived in the house as his maid), and in addition to that, over a dozen survivor testimonies recorded at various times and places, that all mention Amon Goeth killing and shooting people. Their testimony is available at the Yale Fortunoff LIbrary and at various other places, the Holocaust Museum in Texas, for instance. If you wish, I can send you the citations, but the list is too long to post here. If you don’t believe all these people (i would like to know why), and think that post-war justice was somehow thorough or caught all the minor crimes of these people, I must say I find that naive. Why did the wife stay? Maybe she was a Nazi, too, ever considered that? Some women were, you know….Niklas Frank wrote that his mother enjoyed trading for furs,

        Comment by mipochka — December 23, 2011 @ 6:32 pm

        • or rather, “getting” for “free” them from Jewish and Polish victims….I don’t know if you would consider her good looking – what exactly does that have to do with it, whether the women who stayed with Nazis looked beautiful or not?

          Comment by mipochka — December 23, 2011 @ 6:45 pm

  16. No.

    Only the children of the guilty parties. Besides there was a Croatian camp called Jasenovac in which the same kind of murders occurred. Nazism was some kind of political disease.

    Comment by Paul — February 22, 2010 @ 7:27 am


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