Josef Mengele was a Nazi SS doctor notorious for his gruesome experiments conducted on Jewish and Roma inmates, including those involving twins in Auschwitz-Birkenau, Poland. Before WW2, Josef Mengele was an assistant to a well-known researcher, Dr. Otmar von Verschuer, who studied twins. When the war started, Mengele relocated to Auschwitz where he had access to an unlimited supply of twins and the authority to maim and kill subjects without consequence (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum). Initially, Josef Mengele was not necessarily feared by children he experimented on. He was often known to appear with pockets full of candy and chocolates, to pat them on the head, to talk with them, and sometimes even to play with the kids(Rosenberg).
He performed grotesque medical experiments on humans using his knowledge in eugenics and twin studies. Mengele’s application of eugenics had a great impact during the Holocaust that has left a footprint on today. That is why it is important to understand the history of eugenics, Mengele’s experiments at Auschwitz, and his escape from justice. Mengele’s childhood was during the Progressive Era which lasted from 1890 to 1920. During that time period, new innovations and philosophies were
Gypsy Twins at Auschwitz “What he quickly discovered was that the twins did not die from natural causes; they had been injected with chloroform directly into their hearts”- anecdote from Miklos Nyiszli, Jewish assistant of Josef Mengele. Throughout the Holocaust there have been many tragic and horrendous events. Some of these acts occurred at the work camp Auschwitz. This includes the terrible experiments that were commited by Josef Mengele on Gypsy twins. Thousands of twins died during this time because of Mengele’s obsession of twins and of the many unknown experiments that they had to go through.
The year was 1939 in Nazi Germany, and Hitler had officially taken control. Hitler had succeeded in convincing the German people that the Jews were to blame for the loss of World War One. The first genocide of the 1900’s had begun, and Dr. Josef Mengele wanted a part in the action. In the town of Günzburg, Germany Josef Mengele was born on March 16, 1911 (Museum). Mengele associated himself with the Catholic religion (Weber 111).
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“The more we do it to you, the less you seem to be believe we are doing it.” This is a quote from Dr. Josef Mengele and it gives people confused thoughts on what this means. Josef Mengele was a German Schutzstaffel officer and physician in Auschwitz concentration camp during World War 2. Dr. Mengele carried out human experiments on camp inmates, especially twins. Mengele performed horrific experiments on twins and received the nickname “The Angel of Death.” In this essay, I will tell you some of the horrible experiments Dr. Mengele did to the twins at Auschwitz and some background research on him. When Dr. Mengele needed test subjects, soldiers hunted for twins, giants, and dwarfs, but twins were his main subjects.
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Dr. Mengele was the most murderous doctor of them all. He became widely known as the “angel of death,” for his inhumane experiments on identical and fraternal twins. Josef Mengele was born in 1911 in Ulm, Germany. When he was twenty seven, he earned a Ph.D. in physical anthropology from the university of Munich. He later joined the Nazi party and became a member of the elite
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