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This is very cruel, Oskar. You're giving them hope. You shouldn't do that. That's cruel!
~ Amon Goeth

Amon Goeth is the main antagonist of Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning 1993 epic World War II drama Schindler’s List.

He is a monstrous, brutal and sadistic Untersturmführer (second lieutenant) and later Hauptsturmführer (captain) in the SS, responsible for liquidating Jews from the Kraków Ghetto, and the mass murder of Jews in the Kraków Ghetto. He is also in charge of the Płaszów concentration camp. He is based on the real life Nazi war criminal of the same name.

He was portrayed by Ralph Fiennes, who also played Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter film franchise.


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What Makes Him Pure Evil?

  • Murdering a Jewish forewoman who informs him of the poor structure before following her requests to improve the structure. Even following said request is most likely for selfish reasons.
  • Persecution and murder of Jews through the liquidation of the Kraków Ghetto.
  • Shooting Jewish prisoners from his balcony for sport.
  • Murdering 25 Jews in revenge for one of them escaping.
  • Laughing sadistically at the crying parents of children he sends to the gas chambers.
  • Murdering a young boy who failed to clean his bathtub.
  • Lusting after and assaulting his Jewish maid Helen Hirsch, blaming her for his own lust and then brutally murdering her.
  • Defiantly proclaiming his allegiance to Adolf Hitler when he is about to be executed, showing absolutely no remorse nor regret whatsoever for his heinous crimes and even lacking the decency to beg for undeserved mercy.
  • Actively participating in the mass murder of Jews during the Holocaust.


  • Goeth was actually even worse in real life, with Steven Spielberg actually having to tone down his villainy because he believed that viewers wouldn't believe that some of his crimes actually happened, or that someone as evil as Goeth could keep his job, as well as for timing reasons. Some of the crimes excluded from the film include feeding prisoners to his dogs while they were still alive, shooting children with his sniper rifle, frequently using a torture cellar build under his house, and personally killing more than five hundred people.
  • Ralph Fiennes bore such a striking resemblance to the real Amon Goeth when in costume that Płaszów camp survivor Mila Pfefferberg trembled in fear when she first met him on the film set, reminding her of the real Goeth.

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