Josef Mengele

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Josef Mengele

Dr. Josef Mengele (March 16, 1911February 7, 1979), was a German SS officer and a physician in the German Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. He gained notoriety chiefly for being one of the SS physicians who supervised the selection of arriving transports of prisoners, determining who was to be killed and who was to become a forced labourer, and for performing human experiments on camp inmates, amongst whom Mengele was known as the Angel of Death. After the war, he first hid in Germany under an assumed name, then escaped and lived in South America, first in Argentina (until 1959) and finally in Brazil, in the cities of Serra Negra, Moji das Cruzes, and then died in Bertioga, where he drowned in the sea after suffering a stroke. His identity was confirmed by forensic experts from UNICAMP using DNA testing on his remains.

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  • The more we do to you, the less you seem to believe we are doing it.
    • Quoted in "Surfing the Tao: A Revolution of Free Will" - by Angela V. Michaels - 2004
  • There can't be two smart peoples in the world. We're going to win the war, so only the Aryan race will stand.
    • Quoted in "Defy the darkness: A Tale of Courage in the Shadow of Mengele" - Page 192 - by Joe Rosenblum, David Kohn - History - 2000
  • Even the Russians are fighting us. They've brought in Jewish pilots, nurses, and doctors. Everybody's ganging up on us. We didn't think it would happen this way.
    • Quoted in "Defy the darkness: A Tale of Courage in the Shadow of Mengele" - Page 192 - by Joe Rosenblum, David Kohn - History - 2000
I have never accepted that Mengele believed he was doing serious medical work...He was exercising power. Major surgery was performed without anaesthetic. Once I witnessed a stomach operation - Mengele was removing pieces from the stomach, but without any anaesthesia. It was horrifying.
  • The Jewish people, no matter where they are, they become the best in the world.
    • Quoted in "Defy the darkness: A Tale of Courage in the Shadow of Mengele" - Page 192 - by Joe Rosenblum, David Kohn - History - 2000
  • Away with this shit!
    • To people who were about to be sent to gas chambers. Quoted in "People in Auschwitz" - Page 119 - by Hermann Langbein, Henry Friedlander - History - 2004

About Mengele

  • Mengele was known as a manic collector of things human, including dwarf corpses, gallstones, and eyes. His fascination with eyes led to the infamous experiments in which he injected various substances into the eyes of brown-eyed Jewish children in an attempt to make them Nordic (blue).
    • Bettina Beech
  • I have never accepted that Mengele believed he was doing serious medical work...He was exercising power. Major surgery was performed without anaesthetic. Once I witnessed a stomach operation - Mengele was removing pieces from the stomach, but without any anaesthesia. It was horrifying.
    • Alex Dekel
  • I was given five injections. That evening I developed extremely high fever. I was trembling. My arms and my legs were swollen, huge size. Mengele and Dr. Konig and three other doctors came in the next morning. They looked at my fever chart, and Dr. Mengele said, laughingly, "Too bad, she is so young. She has only two weeks to live..."
    • Eva Mozes Kor

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