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Twins

Auschwitz twin experiments.

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In the Beginning

Josef Mengele and Nazis believed in hereditary supremacy. They believed the future depended on a single German race, and Mengele's hereditary research could save the future (1). Mengele believed twins held these secrets, and Auschwitz was the perfect place to research, due to the large amount of twins in the camps (2). On “The Ramp”, Mengele would help with the selection process (3). Here, he picked out twins, dwarfs, giants, people with different colored eyes, and others with genetic differences (4). Mengele didn't think twice about choosing someone's fate. If he was interested, he kept the prisoner. If he wasn't interested, he would send them to their death with a point of a finger. Once twins were taken from their parents, they were considered “Mengele’s children” and were treated differently (5). Twins were often allowed to keep their hair, allowed to keep their own clothes, and received a shower when they reached the camp (6). Once taken to the “twin barrack”, they got tattooed with a special sequence and were required to fill out forms about their medical history (7).

Life as a Twin

The twins were required to wake up a 6 am and received a small breakfast (8). Each morning also consisted of an inspection conducted by Mengele (9). Mengele was not very much feared, however. He usually had candy for the children and sometimes played with them, giving him the nickname “Uncle Mengele” (10). The twins had makeshift “classes”, avoided hard work (they were often messengers), and were frequently spared from punishments and selections in Auschwitz (11). Life was usually decent for the twins in Auschwitz, until the trucks came to take them for experiments.

Angel of Death

Mengele drew blood from the twins all over their bodies- it was estimated ten cubic centimeters of blood was drawn daily (12). If the sequence number tattooed on the twins was called, a truck came to pick them up, and they were then transported to be experimented on by Mengele (13). Twins were commanded to undress and the anatomies of their bodies were thoroughly examined (14). Anything similar was declared hereditary and the differences were declared to be a result from the environment (15). Along with these measurements, blood was transfused between the twins in large amounts (16). The experiments didn’t stop there. Since Nazis wanted people to have blue eyes, Mengele attempted to change the eye color of twins (17). To do this, he would inject or drop chemicals into the eyes, which caused severe pain and infections (18). Some twins were not so lucky and became temporarily or permanently blind (19). Twins were also intentionally given diseases such as typhus and tuberculosis. (20) These injections were usually given with no anesthesia into the spine and spinal taps (21). The diseases would be given to one twin and not the other (22). When the infected twin died, the other would be killed and the effects of the disease could be examined in comparison to the other body (23). Mengele also did a lot of major surgeries throughout his time in Auschwitz. He would often remove organs and amputate parts of the body (24). He also would take out sex organs and put them on a opposite gender to see if they would function properly (25). Many of these operations would leave patients paralyzed, if not dead (26). After the death of the victims, Dr. Miklos Nyiszli would perform autopsies on the twins and examine the differences of the bodies of each twin (27). Some of the organs, eyes, blood samples, and tissues were sent to van Verschuer for further examination (28). The purpose to many of Mengele’s experiments were kept secret and remain unknown (29). Overall, around three thousand twins were experimented on in Auschwitz, but only around two hundred survived (30).



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