On May 23rd 1943 Dr Joseph Mengele started his ‘work’ at Auschwitz. I am not going to say too much about this evil personified individual.
He particularly found pleasure in working in Auschwitz
The Doctors in Auschwitz were all scheduled according a work rota for the selections when new victims arrived by train, but Mengele was the only one to volunteer for the selections and would sometimes ask if he could take over a slot in the rota.
He came from a very privileged background and had a Phd in Anthropology as well as a Doctorate in Medicines.He made weekly visits to the hospital barracks and sent to the gas chambers any prisoners who had not recovered after two weeks in bed.
Auschwitz gave him the opportunity to conduct experiments in order to continue his anthropology studies. The Nazi regime allowed him to experiment in the vilest of way without impunity.
He was especially interested in twins.They had to undergo weekly examinations and measurements of their physical attributes by Mengele himself or one of his assistants. Experiments performed on twins included unnecessary amputation of limbs, intentionally infecting one twin with typhus or other diseases, and transfusing the blood of one twin into the other.
He was transferred to Gross-Rosen concentration camp in Lower Silesia January 17, 1945, bringing along 2 boxes of examples and records of his experiments.
He managed to escape Gross-Rosen on 18 February, a week before the Soviets arrived, disguised as a Wehrmacht soldier .
He managed capture by the Allies until June 1945 , when he was picked up by an American patrol. He was traveling under his own name at the time, but the wanted criminal list hadn’t been efficiently distributed and also he did not have the SS blood group tattoo.so the Americans let him go. Mengele spent some time working as a farmhand before deciding to skip out of the country in 1949.
On 17 April 1949. withe the aide of a network of former SS members, Mengele traveled to Genoa, where he managed to get a passport under the alias “Helmut Gregor” from the International Committee of the Red Cross. He sailed to Argentina in July.
Despite many attempts to catch him he was able to elude justice. I have always been skeptical about this, I think that the allied never really wanted to catch him because if they did, it would have been easy enough to do so.He was more or less hiding in plain sight in Argentina.
He eventually drowned in 1979 while swimming in the Atlantic ocean, after suffering a stroke.
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Eva Kor and her twin sister were among the very few survivors of mengele’s sadistic experiments. Eva has created CANDLES which is a museum and a humanitarian organization to help children of war. She also takes people with her on annual tours of Auschwitz to give her unique perspective.
She’s a phenomenally inspirational person.
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