Essay Josef Mengele, The Angel of Death

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Throughout the Holocaust Years, and shortly afterwards, there was a man that struck fear in the people imprisoned in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp – “the Angel of Death”. He was a man who showed up for selections with a demeanor that made one think he was handsome and debonair yet, one could not possibly think of the monstrosities that he committed during World War II. Even more disturbing is that “wherever he sprang up, Death spread its shadow.” (Wiesel xix) In 1911, Karl and Walburga delivered a baby boy, Josef Mengele, in Gunzburg, Germany. While studying medicine and anthropology, he developed an interest in genetics. His experimental ideas sprouted from these interests. Mengele made his presence known at the camps he…show more content…
Luckily for Eva Kor and Dr. Mengele, not only did the twin girl survive, but she forgave Mengele – perhaps it is people like these who truly frighten Mengele back into hiding. Among other experiments, Mengele also decided to do some research on a disease called Noma that was rare, but usually occurred in gypsies. “At one point, Mengele had two of the Gypsy children killed so that he could examine their detached heads.” (Cefrey 87) It is important to note that Mengele preferred children as patients or guinea pigs; while the reason is mysterious it could be assumed due to children being naïve or easier to obtain than adults (especially twins) and could be easily ripped away from parents. It is said that Mengele “knew exactly why they were there and how killing Jews could advance their careers.” (Wistrich 229) With this being said, there is no doubt as to why survivors and governments have tried to track down Dr. Mengele for countless years after the war. However, is it possible that there might have been a soft side to this man? After all, some twins did call him “Uncle Mengele”; he had to care for them at least a little bit to make sure that they stay alive, even if for his evil necessities. “Yet even Mengele, a music
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