Dr. Josef Mengele and His Medical Experiments on Twins



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Dr. Josef Mengele and His Medical Experiments on Twins

Tiffany Bohl 3

Mrs. Zimmerman

April 10, 2015

Dr. Josef Mengele was a cruel man. He would perform experiments on twins. He wanted to figure out why twins would be genetic or the same. He would perform experiments like putting them in steaming hot baths, giving them infectious diseases, painful surgeries without any anesthesia, some twins after having their hair was examined, it would then be plucked out. When it came time to kill the twins after doing all the experiments they give them an injection in the heart of chloroform.

Josef Mengele was a German Schutzstaffel officer and physician in Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. The concentration camp Auschwitz is where Otto Frank, Anne Frank’s father, was sent when they were caught by the Gestapo. Josef Mengele was born March 16, 1911 in Gunzburg, Germany. He died February 7, 1979 in Bertioga, Sao Paulo, Brazil. His cause of death was drowning. He married Irene Schoenbein. His parents were Walburga Mengele, and Karl Mengele. His siblings were Karl Jr Mengele, and Alois Mengele.

Josef Mengele was known as the “Angel of Death”. The reason he is known for that is by what he would do to twins that would arrive in Auschwitz concentration camp. Josef Mengele would perform painful experiments on twins without anesthesia. After all experiments were done they would kill the twins through an injection in the heart of chloroform. After the twin was dead they were then dissected and the organs would be sent off to the Institute of Biological Racial and Evolutionary Research Berlin (Feig 223).

Some of the experiments Dr. Mengele did was put twins under a sun lamp and have it so hot it would burn their skin. Some of the twins, if they were really a like, Dr. Mengele would pluck the hair for experiments. Dr. Mengele would do something painful to one twin and see if it effected the other twin at all in anyway. The surgeries he would do would be very painful and even worse because they did not give them pain medication or anything while they were even operating on the twins.



Another type of experiment Dr. Mengele would do was called the Hot Bath. It is where they would stick the victim in a cold bath and would slowly increase the temperature. It was known that a lot of victims died from this because the bath would be heated up too quickly, their body would go into shock and kill them. Internal interrogation was when the victim would have blistering hot water poured down there throat and into their stomach, liver, and kidneys. Most of all the twins would live for about three-four weeks and then they would end up having the injection of chloroform into the heart to kill them. Josef Mengele conducted experiments on nearly 1500 twins in about one year.


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