Josef Mengele was the chief provider for the gas chambers at
Auschwitz - and did well! When it was reported that one block was infected
with lice, Mengele solved the problem by gassing all the 750 women
assigned to it. Mengele did a number of medical experiments of unspeakable
horror at Auschwitz, using twins. These twins as young as five years of
age were usually murdered after the experiment was over and their bodies
The memory of this
slightly built man, scarcely a hair out of place, his dark green tunic
neatly pressed, his face well scrubbed, his Death's Head SS cap tilted
rakishly to one side, remains vivid for those who survived his scrutiny
when they arrived at the Auschwitz railhead. Polished boots slightly
apart, his thumb resting on his pistol belt, he surveyed his prey with
those dead gimlet eyes. Death to the left, life to the right.
Four hundred thousand souls - babies, small children, young girls,
mothers, fathers, and grandparents - are said to have been casually waved
to the lefthand side with a flick of the cane clasped in a gloved hand.
Auschwitz Mengele supervised an operation by which two Gypsy children were
sewn together to create Siamses twins; the hands of the children became
badly infected where the veins had been resected.
Mengele injected chemicals into the eyes of children in an attempt to
change their eye color. Unfortunately a strict veil of secrecy over the
experiments enabled Mengele to do his work more effectively.
Despite international efforts to track him down, Josef
Mengele was never apprehended and lived for 35 years hiding under
various aliases. He lived in Paraguay and Brazil until his death in 1979.
One afternoon, living in Brazil, he went for a swim. While in the ocean he
suffered a massive stroke and began to drown. By the time he was dragged
to shore, he was dead.