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  • The US Actually Had Him In Custody on Random Chilling Facts About Nazi Doctor Josef Mengele

    (#3) The US Actually Had Him In Custody

    This is definitely one of the most frustrating parts of the Mengele story, and it shows just how chaotic things were at the end of the war. Immediately after Germany surrendered in 1945, Mengele was held in US custody. However, because US officials were unaware that Mengele was on a list of wanted war criminals, they released him.

    Then, from the Summer of 1945 until Spring 1949, the physician worked as a farmhand near Rosenheim, Bavaria, under false papers before his wealthy family helped him flee to South America.

  • He Was Well Known For Whistling Famous Classical Music While Deciding Which New Prisoners Should Be Gassed on Random Chilling Facts About Nazi Doctor Josef Mengele

    (#17) He Was Well Known For Whistling Famous Classical Music While Deciding Which New Prisoners Should Be Gassed

    Mengele was known as a well-educated music enthusiast who embodied the "cultured" ideal of the Third Reich. When he wasn't "working", he would often relax by listening to compositions by famous German and Austrian composers, notably Robert Schumann and Franz Schubert. In the memoirs of multiple Birkenau survivors, they recounted Mengele standing on the train platform, whistling famous classical arias while choosing which new arrivals were to be sent to the gas chambers.

     

  • His Family May Have Laundered Money For Him After World War II on Random Chilling Facts About Nazi Doctor Josef Mengele

    (#18) His Family May Have Laundered Money For Him After World War II

    After World War II, Mengele had to get out of Europe or face a trial and likely execution as a war criminal. Over the course of a decade, the doctor made his way to South America, where he lived out the rest of his life. How did he afford all that travel? It turns out that his family may have been funneling money from their business, Karl Mengele & Sons, into a Swiss bank account in order to help Mengele lay low.

    The entire story is conjecture, and because of the chaos at the end of the war and the ease with which records could be destroyed in the mid-20th century, it's hard to definitively prove – or disprove – that the Mengele family was working together to keep Josef out of a noose. 

  • Mengele Experimented With People's Irises In Attempts To Change Their Eye Color on Random Chilling Facts About Nazi Doctor Josef Mengele

    (#7) Mengele Experimented With People's Irises In Attempts To Change Their Eye Color

    Along with all of the other weird stuff that Mengele was into, he had a fascination with heterochromia, a condition in which an individual's two irises were different colors. In his personal eyeball experiments, he would try to change the color of a subject's eyes by injecting chemicals into their irises

    When that method didn't work, he would just rip out the entire eyeball and send it off to his colleague, eye-pigmentation expert Karin Magnussen, for further research. 

  • He May Have Created A Village Of Twins In South America on Random Chilling Facts About Nazi Doctor Josef Mengele

    (#2) He May Have Created A Village Of Twins In South America

    In 2009, Argentine historian Jorge Camarasa claimed that Josef Mengele used the Brazilian farming enclave of Candido Godoi as a laboratory to continue his experiments with twins. Camarasa's evidence is mostly predicated on the fact that beginning in 1963, the town's twin birthrate skyrocketed.

    According to people who lived in Candido Godoi, Mengele came to town under the auspices of being a "rural doctor" who went from house to house helping with minor medical ailments and withdrawing vials of blood from everyone he treated. Since Camarasa floated this theory, researchers have argued about the possibility of something like this even occurring, with most scientists claiming that the insular nature of the community has more to do with the twin birth rate than a mad scientist. 

  • He Gave People With Medical Anomalies Preferential Treatment In Auschwitz on Random Chilling Facts About Nazi Doctor Josef Mengele

    (#4) He Gave People With Medical Anomalies Preferential Treatment In Auschwitz

    Mengele based a lot of his experiments around subjects with physical abnormalities. This may have been partially because he thought the key to perfecting eugenics lay somewhere in the bodies of the deformed, disabled, and different. He also may have just been fascinated with genetic outliers. So much has been written about Mengele's love for twins that people gloss over his odd fascination with a specific family who arrived in Auschwitz. Mengele was obsessed with the Ovtizes, a Transylvanian family with 10 children, seven of whom were dwarves. 

    He allowed them to keep their clothes and their hair while siphoning their blood, removing their teeth, and placing them under intense psychological scrutiny. Though their time in the camp was torturous, the entire Ovitz family survived their time in the camp.

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Josef Mengele is known as the "angel of death." As a German Nazi SS officer and a doctor in Auschwitz, he brutally massacred about 400,000 innocent lives in prison under the name of medical research. 

Josef Mengele was keen to use living people to conduct improved racial experiments, and he especially has a soft spot for twins. 

His cruel experiments are unparalleled in human history. However, on the eve of the liberation of Auschwitz, the cruel Nazi doctor hid his traces and the world found his tomb after his death. The random tool tells 21 chilling facts about this notorious Nazi doctor.

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