Your perception of your parents changes gradually as you grow up. Finally, in maturity, you see them not as accoutrements of your identity but as separate, unique and complex human beings in their own right. Now imagine finding out, at age eleven, that your father was hanged as a war criminal when you were a baby. That's the cold shock Monika Hertwig got when she learned the truth about her father, Amon Goeth, the infamously sadistic commander of the Krakow-Plaszow concentration camp in Poland. The documentary Inheritance
tells Monika's story in tandem with that of a young inmate of Plaszow, Helen Jonas. Jonas was pressed into service as a maid in Goeth's household, which saved her life and brought her into regular contact with Oskar Schindler, a friend of her boss (and the subsequent hero in the feature film Schindler's List
). The film screens tonight at 7 p.m. in the Lee Auditorium of the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org
). Admission is free.
Wed., May 27, 7 p.m., 2015