Josef Mengele

By Jason Kelley

Josef Mengele was a German SS officer and a physician in the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz. He was infamous for performing human experiments on camp inmates including children for which he was called the ''Angel of Death''. The subjects of Menglels research were better fed and housed. Before he started working at Auschwitz he served in the German army and was promoted to the rank of SS-Haupsturmfuhrer for saving the lives of 3 German soldiers. He was wounded in battle and was pronounced medically unfit for combat. He was interested in performing experiments on twins and dwarfs. He was also notorious for determining who lived and who was sent to the gas chambers. He used Auschwitz as an opportunity to continue his research on heredity. He attempted to change eye color by ejecting chemicals into the children's eyes. When one block was infested with lice Mengele ordered the 750 women who lived there to be gassed. He supervised an operation by which 2 Roma children were sewn together to create conjoined twins. He had once stated I personally have not killed,injured or caused bodily harm to anyone. He showed little regret or remorse for his crimes. He survived the war and escaped to South America where he evaded capture for the rest of his life. He died in 1979 where he accidentally drowned while swimming in the Atlantic.