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Who was Josef Mengele and what did he do?

Who was Josef Mengele and what did he do?

Josef Mengele. Josef Mengele ( [ˈjoːzɛf ˈmɛŋələ] (listen); 16 March 1911 – 7 February 1979) was a German Schutzstaffel (SS) officer and physician in Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. He performed deadly human experiments on prisoners and was a member of the team of doctors who selected victims to be killed in the gas chambers.

Who was buried in the grave of Mengele?

Acting on information received from West German authorities, Brazil last week opened a grave in which a man was buried in February, 1979, under the name of an Austrian, Wolfgang Gerhard. The man drowned in a swimming accident.

How old was dr.mengele’s son when he died?

Speaking with evident anguish, the son, Rolf Mengele, a 42-year-old West German lawyer, acknowledged having secretly visited his father in Brazil two years before Dr. Mengele’s drowning there in 1979, but he denied being part of a ”conspiracy” that protected the long-sought death camp doctor.

How did Leslie Kleinman fool Josef Mengele?

Leslie Kleinman, 88, lost 68 members of his family at Auschwitz When he arrived on the cattle train he was confronted by sadist Josef Mengele He lied and said he was older than he was, fooling Mengele into letting him live When he was liberated after the notorious Death March he weighed 3.5 stone

Where did Mengele find refuge in Sao Paulo?

In 1962, the agency recruited Wilhelm Sassen, a former Nazi and an acquaintance of Mengele’s, who provided information indicating that Mengele had found refuge among a group of Nazis and their sympathizers near São Paulo.

Who was the Mossad operative who identified Mengele?

On July 23, 1962, the Mossad operative Zvi Aharoni (who had identified Eichmann two years earlier) was on a dirt road by the farm where Mengele was believed to be hiding when he encountered a group of men — including one who looked exactly like the fugitive.

How old was Wolfgang Gerhard when he wrote to Mengele?

In 1974 Wolfgang Gerhard, writing from Austria, suggested that he should return to Europe for medical treatment for his pains, saying he should go before he got too old to travel – he was 63 – and that it would not be as difficult as he was imagining.