London - Amon Goeth joined the Nazis aged 17 and quickly rose through the ranks in his native Austria.
He joined the SS and, in occupied Poland, took part in the infamous operations to round up and then kill Jews. His fanaticism saw him handed control of the Plaszów concentration camp near Kraków, with its 25 000 inmates.
He is said personally to have shot up to 90 women and children there. He would gun down prisoners from his office window if they appeared to be moving too slowly. He even trained his two dogs, Rolf and Ralf, to kill inmates.
In one mass execution, on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, Goeth had 55 Jews publicly hanged.
But, in a bizarre twist, he lost his command in September 1944 for stealing Jewish property and for violating guidelines on “prisoner welfare”.
The SS ordered him to stand trial but the charges were dropped in the chaos of the last months of Nazi rule. Instead he was sent to a mental institute at which he was arrested by the Americans.
They deported him to Poland where, in 1946, he was hanged for war crimes at the age of 37.
As well as his illegitimate daughter Monika he had a wife and three children in Vienna.
Many of the Plaszów inmates worked for Oskar Schindler, who tried to save them from Goeth’s barbaric behaviour.
But around 8 000 to 12 000 prisoners were murdered during the SS captain’s reign. - Daily Mail