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Jennifer Teege
German writer

Jennifer Teege

Jennifer Teege
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Intro German writer
Is Writer
From Germany
Field Literature
Gender female
Birth 29 June 1970, Munich, Upper Bavaria, Bavaria, Germany
Age 52 years
Star sign Cancer
Mother: Monika Hertwig
Relatives: Amon GöthRuth Irene Kalder
Tel Aviv University
Notable Works
My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me  
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Jennifer Teege (born 29 June 1970) is a German writer. Her maternal grandfather was Austrian Nazi concentration camp commander and war criminal Amon Göth. Her 2015 book My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family's Nazi Past was a New York Times bestseller.


Teege, who was born Jennifer Göth to a Nigerian father and an Austrian-German mother, grew up in foster care. She was adopted at the age of seven. Her grandmother was Ruth Irene Kalder [de], who had a two-year relationship with Amon Göth until the end of the Second World War, and with whom she had a daughter, Monika Hertwig [de], who was born in November 1945 and whom he never met. Teege studied at the Sorbonne, and learned Hebrew in Israel where she studied for five years.

At the age of 38, Teege unexpectedly found out about her family history, by picking up a book in a Hamburg library which happened to be her mother Monika Hertwig's biography and where she discovered that Amon Göth was her grandfather, which caused her to plunge into a severe depression. She decided to combat her depression and come to terms with this revelation by writing her book My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me. Her book was a success and became a New York Times bestseller. Translations of the book, which was originally published in Teege's native language, German, have been made into Danish, English, French, Hebrew, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish.


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