The Angle of Death

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Josef Mengele was born in March 16, 1911 and died February 7, 1979 at age 67. He is known as the Angel of Death for his cruel experiments on children during WWII. He was the chief doctor at the Auschwitz concentration camp. He published many articles on genetic abnormalities and racial variations and primary features. His horrific experiments on human subjects expresses the need for human rights.


Josef Mengele HISTORY. 20 Mar. 2013. Web. 25 Jan. 2016. Newsletter

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Judy Altman

What would happen first to new prisoners when the arrived at the camp was called Selektion. When they moved off the trains, doctors would judge whether they should live or die. Those that were fit for work were ordered to move to one side and those unfit for work were killed in gas chambers. Judy Altman came with her family and were judged by Dr.Mengele for selektion. She was only 17 at the time. Judy and her mother, sister, niece, aunt, and three younger cousins were in one line while her father, nephew, uncle, and brother-in-law were in the other line. Judy and her niece were sent to the left while the rest of her family was sent to the right. She saw her mother fainting and falling down so she went over to help her mother. Mengele saw this, and grabbed her and threw her to the left, and put his hand on her head just like he did to bless the children every Friday night. “Judy, you will live”, he said. She thought of him for comfort.


Fitzgerald, Stephanie. "Selektion." Children of the Holocaust. Mankato, MN: Compass Point,

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Josef Mengele's "patients" were put into pressure chambers, tested with drugs, castrated, were frozen to death, and other traumas. He preformed physical and psychological experiments such as: surgeries without anesthesia, transfusion of blood from one twin to another, isolation endurance, reactions to many occurences to influence their behavior, injections with lethal germs, sex change operations, removal of organs and limbs, and incestous impregnations.


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Encyclopedia Article

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Facts about Mengele

1. He hid in South America from the German Authorities

2. He injected chemicals into children's eyes in attempt of changing their eye color

3. Before joining the Nazi's he developed a interest in twins

4. He died of a stroke in Brazil

5. He was never tried for crimes against humanity


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Auschwitz Evaded Capture." Silive, 27 Jan. 2015. Web. 04 Feb. 2016.

"Josef Mengele, Angel of Death." Josef Mengele, Angel of Death. Web. 26 Jan. 2016

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum18 18 Aug. 2015: Web. 25 Jan. 2016.

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Source for Pictures

"Photograph." U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Web


Mengele was obsessive and fanatical about drawing blood from twins, especially identical twins. One night he gathered 14 gypsy twins and injected chloroform into their hearts, killing them instantly. He then dissected each of them while taking notes on every piece of their body. He supervised an operation where two gypsy twins were sewn together to create siamese twins.

Strangely, twins that went through the experiments remember him as a kind and gentle man who befriended them and gave them chocolates. Since many of the children were separated from their families right after entering the camp he was seen as a fatherly figure. Several of the older children saw it as deception. Of course, there was still tension that they could be killed at any time.

"Josef Mengele, Angel of Death." Josef Mengele, Angel of Death Web. 26 Jan. 2016


Mengele fled from Auschwitz to Genoa and worked as farmhand in 1949 and a few months later he left to go to Argentina. He wife wouldn't go with him and they divorced. He lived there for five years mainly under an alias. He went to Paraguay after an incident with a girl he tried to preform an abortion on. Mengele then lived another 17 years in Brazil. He had a stroke and died in 1979. He was buried under the name Wolfgang Gerhard until in 1992 authorities dug up his body and the DNA proved that he was actually Josef Mengele.


"The Angel of Death: Josef Mengele." Today I Found Out. 01 Dec. 2014. Web. 04 Feb. 2016.


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