RECORDED 4/13/15: I was so excited to speak with Jennifer Teege, author (with Nikola Sellmair) of My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past. She tells the fascinating and horrifying story of how she discovered that she was related to Amon Goeth, the vicious Nazi commandant depicted in Schindler’s List. In our conversation we talk about the book, Jennifer’s upbringing as “black” in Germany and her relationship to identifying as German, and we raise the very difficult subject of making peace with our ancestor’s violent past and how that relates to the African-American experience. She’s doing an extensive tour of the U.S. Don’t miss her. You can find the book tour information below. You can listen to the interview here or download it on itunes.-Heidi Durrow
Jennifer Teege is the daughter of a German woman and a Nigerian father and was adopted at a young age by white parents. She has worked in advertising since 1999 and lives in Germany with her husband and two sons. In her twenties, she studied for four years in Israel, where she learned fluent Hebrew. She holds degrees from Tel Aviv University in Middle Eastern and African Studies. This is her first book.
Jennifer Teege Book Tour Information