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Inheritance -- Inheritance is the story of Monika Hertwig, a soft-spoken woman struggling with a profound legacy left by a father she never really knew. Monika's father was Amon Goeth. Often described as a "monster," and "inhuman," Goeth was a prominent Nazi leader and commandant of the Plaszow concentration camp. He murdered thousands of Jews and other prisoners during the war. When Schindler's List opened in 1993, Monika found Ralph Fiennes' chilling portrayal of her father so disturbing that she left the theater more than once. The fact that this man was her father is something that Monika still cannot reconcile. Feeling an aching need to come to terms with this legacy of hatred, Monika reaches out to Helen Jonas, who lived enslaved under Goeth's roof serving as both his maid and prey for nearly two years. In INHERITANCE, sixty years after Amon Goeth's execution, Monika and Helen meet for the first time at what was once Goeth's luxurious villa overlooking the concentration camp. It's a brutally honest, gut-wrenching, and emotional journey that brings both closure and new questions.
Inheritance -- Inheritance is the story of Monika Hertwig, a soft-spoken woman struggling with a profound legacy left by a father she never really knew, a prominent Nazi leader and commandant of the Plaszow concentration camp.


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Vivian Delman ... Herself
Monika Hertwig ... Herself
Reinhardt Hertwig ... Himself
Helen Jonas ... Herself

Directed by
James Moll 
Produced by
Shannon Dill .... associate producer
Chris Malachowsky .... executive producer
Ryan Malachowsky .... executive producer
Segio Molho .... executive producer: Swing Musica
James Moll .... producer
Christopher Pavlick .... producer
Original Music by
Andrés Goldstein 
Daniel Tarrab 
Cinematography by
Harris Done 
Film Editing by
James Moll 
Production Management
Conrad W. Denke .... post production
Sound Department
Sebastian Consigli .... sound mixer
Marla Hettinger .... sound mixer
Tim Kimmel .... sound effects editor
William Levins .... sound re-recording mixer
William Levins .... supervising sound editor
Mariano Mendoza .... additional music engineering
Federico San Millan .... additional music engineering
Robert Miller .... sound
Jorge Morales .... sound mixer
Jorge Morales .... sound recordist
David Urban .... sound
Visual Effects by
Alan Chamberlain .... digital artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Rich Barbadillo .... grip
Brian Hamblin .... assistant camera
Don Holtz .... still photographer
Pete McGill .... grip
Chad Wilson .... second camera operator
Editorial Department
Everette Andal .... on-line editor
John Davidson .... colorist
Xander Denke .... on-line assistant editor
Derek Ellingson .... on-line assistant editor
Music Department
Jim Bedoian .... archival music consultant
Fernando Ciapero .... musician: french horn
Patricia Da Dalt .... flute
Pedro Diciervo .... musician: spanish guitar
Nestor José Garrote .... musician: oboe and english horn
Andrés Goldstein .... piano
Gustavo Massun .... viola
Michael Miller .... archival music consultant
Marianno Rey .... clarinet
Luis Roggero .... violin
Transportation Department
Misiek Kotok .... driver
Hubert Zulott .... driver
Other crew
María Laura Bonavita .... administrative coordinator
Andrea Engel .... production assistant
Mirjam Garber .... production coordinator
Marrietta Gilliogly .... production accountant
Patricia Gleason .... translator
Luciana Goldstein .... production assistant
Julieta Halac .... production assistant
Chaska Hendrickson .... production associate
Monika Hertwig .... archive
Helen Jonas .... archive
Anthony Kandan .... production coordinator
Leon Leyson .... archive
John Moll .... production attorney
Robin O'Neil .... archive
Ludmila Page .... archive
Gerald Posner .... consultant
Sarah Regan .... production associate
Marianna Rowinska .... post-production support (as Marianna Rowinska-Dassier)
Stacy Schrier .... production accountant
Marta Sir .... production assistant
Clara Ulrich .... production assistant
Maciej Wojak .... production coordinator
Annie Jeeves .... publicist (uncredited)
Star Barry .... special thanks
Sara Berger .... special thanks
Adam Biesk .... special thanks
Paul Cruz .... special thanks (as Paul Garnica)
Dena DeCola .... special thanks
Gary Ferguson .... special thanks
Diane Fine .... special thanks
Renee Firestone .... special thanks
Ricky Kreitman .... special thanks
Louis Lazzara .... special thanks
Michael Mayhew .... special thanks
Daisy Miller .... special thanks
Michael Rosen .... special thanks
Bonnie Samotin .... special thanks
John Scott .... special thanks
Maggie Scott .... special thanks
Robert Sherman .... special thanks
Rick Singer .... special thanks
Rick Singer .... thanks
Serina Tremayne .... special thanks
Judy Wunsch .... special thanks
Rafe Wunsch .... special thanks
Robert J. Wunsch .... special thanks
Ari Zev .... special thanks

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BBC Four renamed the documentary to "My Father was a Nazi Commandant" for British television.See more »
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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Haunting story of survival, 23 July 2009
Author: raviyn5-2 from Canada

This is an amazing story of two very powerful and proud women. One who survived the holocaust as a victim, the other brandished a victim by her patronage. The story revolves around two women meeting for the first time, one a survivor of a concentration camp, the other the daughter of the commandant of the camp, amon goeth. It begs the question: are we responsible for our father's mistakes? It's hard to imagine the courage both women would have to convey in order to meet each other but they both do brilliantly. I would definitely recommend a viewing, if for nothing else, for the amazing composure of these women who prove tolerance knows no bounds.

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