Thought for the day

"I just wonder what it would be like to be reincarnated in an animal whose species had been so reduced in numbers than it was in danger of extinction. What would be its feelings toward the human species whose population explosion had denied it somewhere to exist.... I must confess that I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus." -- Prince Philip, in his Forward to "If I Were an Animal" - United Kingdom, Robin Clark Ltd., 1986.



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.