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Josef Mengele

  • Birth 16 Mar 1911
  • Death 7 Feb 1979
  • Burial Donated to medical science, Specifically: His bones remain in storage at the São Paulo Institute for Forensic Medicine, and are used as educational aids during forensic medicine courses at the University of São Paulo's medical school.
  • Memorial ID 6992618

Nazi doctor who was also known as the "Angel of Death." He was stationed at the German concentration camp Auschwitz. He was known for his inhuman experiments on inmates, which ranged from the castration of men and boys without the use of an anesthetic, to the dissection of live infants. He also performed many experiments on female inmates as well. He usually greeted each arrival of prisoners, and determined who would be spared and who would be sent to the gas chambers. Mengele is particularly remembered for his cruel experiments on identical twins. Many were castrated or sterilized, without the use of any anesthetics. He injected dye into the eyes of several twin subjects to see if their eye color could be altered. If any of these twins died, Mengele would remove their eyes and pin them to a wall in his office. There was no limit to his cruelty towards Auschwitz inmates. He left Auschwitz on January 17, 1945, to escape capture from advancing Soviets. In August of 1949, he went to Argentina. He would spend many years on the run from international authorities, eventually moving to Brazil. In 1985, a group of Auschwitz survivors recounted their treatment at Mengele's hands. This testimony was broadcast on worldwide television. As a result, the United States Justice Department and the Israeli government announced that the case of Josef Mengele was officially reopened, and strategies were discussed to bring him to justice. Later that year, Brazilian police identified families in Brazil that had aided Mengele in hiding. Through these families the police learned that Mengele had died in February of 1979 in a swimming accident in the waters off Bertioga, Brazil. While swimming, he had suffered a massive stroke, and drowned. Friends had brought his body back to the beach after seeing him struggle, and his death was kept a secret by family and friends. His remains were discovered in a grave marked "Wolfgang Gerhard," by Brazilian authorities in Embu, Brazil. His family then admitted to shielding him for years and turned over his diaries and letters to investigators. Forensic tests performed on the remains in 1992 confirmed that the body was indeed that of Josef Mengele.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Anonymous
  • Added: 5 Dec 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6992618
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Josef Mengele (16 Mar 1911–7 Feb 1979), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6992618, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Donated to medical science, who reports a His bones remain in storage at the São Paulo Institute for Forensic Medicine, and are used as educational aids during forensic medicine courses at the University of São Paulo's medical school..