Who IS the “Angel of Death”? What Was Mengele’s Childhood like? How did Mengele become involved in the Nazi Party? What was Mengele’s Role in Auschwitz? What was the General Nature of Mengele’s Experiments, and who did he use as victims? What happened to Mengele after the War?
How did Mengele get involved in the nazi party?
Naturally Mengele believed that the German race was far more superior then the other races of the world. Mengele first joined the nazi party in 1937, and a year later joined the SS. In 1942 Mengele was wounded on The Russian Battlefront and was labeled unfit for combat. Still wanting to help the nazi cause, he signed up to work at the concentration camps. Mengele was quickly sent off to work at Auschwitz. Back to Top
Who Is the Angel of Death? -Dr. Josef Mengele commonly known as the Angel of Death was a Nazi Doctor in World War 2. He was stationed in Auschwitz where he created his horrible reputation.
What Was Mengele’s Childhood Like? Dr. Mengele was born on March 16th, 1911, in Gunzburg, Bavaria. He was the oldest out of his two brothers and was very intelligent as a boy. He studied philosophy at Munich and medicine at Frankfurt University. Back To the top
What was Mengele’s Role in Auschwitz?
Dr. Mengele was the SS doctor at Auschwitz. He was also the chief provider for the gas chambers and their crematoria. He supervised the selections that took place. Being the doctor at Auschwitz, besides the necessary surgeries, Mengele would do surgeries on mostly twins and children. He would do unnecessary selections on the children, like if they were not tall enough to one of his height requirements. He would also change the eye colors of the children. If they had blonde hair but brown eyes, Mengele would inject chemicals into their eyes to try and make them blue. There was also a operation that two Gypsy twins underwent, where Mengele sewed them together to make Siamese twins. But soon after the twins became infected at the arm where the vein had been resected. The twins after Mengele’s experiments were always killed afterwards. Once they were killed autopsies were done. All of his patients never knew what the actual objective of his surgeries were. Some other surgeries that were performed were sex changes, surgeries without anesthesia and injections with lethal germs. There were many more horrible surgeries that the angel of death performed.
What was the General Nature of Mengele’s Experiments, and who did he use as victims?
Mengele took a very special interest in twins and dwarves. As Jewish, polish, and other nationalities of twins and Dwarves arrived they would be escorted to Mengele’s lab, where their worst nightmares would become reality. Mengele performed all of his procedures hoping to create and show how superior the Aryan race was. His experiments included injecting chemicals into children’s eyes hoping to change their eye color, sex change operations, incestuous impregnations, and the removal of limbs and vital organs. Mengele also worked on very unsanitary conditions, his patients would lie on marble counter tops where he would perform his experiments without any pain medication. For some prisoners of Mengele conditions were so bad that many committed suicide on the electrified fences located outside his office. According to www.auschwitz.dk, out of the thousands of twins Mengele worked on only a few survived to tell their stories. One twin describes her situations in the camp to www.auschwitz.dk, which can be found at http://www.auschwitz.dk/Mengele/id17.htm.
"Dr. Mengele had always been more interested in Tibi. I am not sure why - perhaps because he was the older twin. Mengele made several operations on Tibi. One surgery on his spine left my brother paralyzed. He could not walk anymore. Then they took out his sexual organs. After the fourth operation, I did not see Tibi anymore. I cannot tell you how I felt. It is impossible to put into words how I felt. They had taken away my father, my mother, my two older brothers - and now, my twin ..."
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What happened to Mengele after the War? Eventually Mengele was captured and kept as a Prisoner of war in Munich. After the war he was released by the allies, who had no idea at the time who he really was. Through the years Mengele went by many fake identities to avoid being captured and prosecuted for war crimes, some Identities were even provided by the Red Cross. Posing as an Italian resident, In 1949 Mengele moved to Argentina where his father had business connections set up for him through his Agriculture equipment business. Throughout the last 35 years of his life, Mengele was able to escape being arrested and caught. Even with all the bounties on his head, he continued to move country to country in South America with different Identities. But one afternoon while he was taking a swim in Brazil, he suffered a stroke and by the time he was brought back to shore he had already drowned. Back to the top