Victoria Anderson - The Angel of Death

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The Angel of Death We have all heard about the tragedy of the Holocaust. Horrendous, atrocious, brutal. These are all words that are used to describe the endless suffering of the Jewish people. But what not many people know of are the dark and sinister scientists that were behind a lot of this genocide. Thousands of people, murdered. Not the citizens that were plastered on the headlines of every Newspaper, but the victims who suffered in silence. The innocent people that were tortured, degraded, and experimented on by one man: Dr. Josef Mengele. This man, or monster, rather, was no striking character in the beginning. Living his early life as the average-Joe, and the rest of it a criminal, he is raw proof that science, the beauty it is, can be used in the ugliest manner. Josef Mengele, born on March 16, 1911, was an ordinary man. Josef was the oldest brother of 3, and the son of Karl Mengele, who, as stated in Posner & Ware’s novel Mengele: The Complete Story, founded a company, Karl Mengele and Sons that produced farming utensils. Just like many of today’s high school students, he studied hard and fell in love with the arts. Graduating in 1930, he was accepted to the University of Munich to study medicine (4-7). At the young age of 24, Mengele had achieved a Ph.D. in Physical Anthropology. According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, two short years later, at the Institute for Hereditary Biology and Racial Hygiene in Frankfurt, he was employed as the
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