Death On A Pale Horse Essay

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Death itself, poured into human form, walking a long ramp. This is the image that Josef Mengele riddled into the mind of Auschwitz prisoners. Dr. Mengele performed experiments that belonged in a horror film, not the real world, and those who survived these demonic delvings of “science” shudder to recall them. Based on information from Mengele’s personal life, behavior in Auschwitz and tests at Auschwitz it is clear that he conducted these abyssal procedures in the belief that he was helping to ensure the stability of the human race. But like most monsters, Mengele was once a man, and all things are easily deciphered if their origins are known.
First son of Karl and Walburga Mengele, Josef Mengele was born into opulence on March 16, 1911 in Guenzberg, Germany. The Mengele’s were a large family which owned a farm equipment manufacturing company thus providing Josef with a luxurious childhood (“Josef Mengele”). Mengele himself was an outcast as a child in credit to the fact that he was quite prone to sickness but, despite this isolation, he seldom admitted to loving his parents. Both of Mengele’s parents encouraged supremacist ideals in his youth and began to support the Nazi party when they became more active within Guenzberg in 1922. Karl favored Hitler’s anti-communist outlook on industry and even went so far as to allow Hitler to use one of his factories as a venue for a speech in 1930. This pseudo-forced introversion presumably led Mengele to become contemplative of the morals he was raised with as indicated by his studying of philosophy at the University of Munich (Astor). It was in the mid 1930’s when Mengele fell from relative grace. After studying at Universities in Munich, Vienna and Bonn, Mengele earned his Ph.D in anthropology in 1935 and his M.D in medicine in 1938. Both of the dissertations to obtain these degrees were on deformities and their relation to race. Whilst earning his degree in medicine, he also studied under the notorious twins’ scientist, Dr. Otmar von Vershuer. During his time at Auschwitz, Mengele would maintain correspondence with Vershuer in relation to his ‘experiments’ (“Mengele, Josef.”). It was during this time under Versheur when Mengele joined the Nazi Party. A year later, in 1938, Mengele joined the SS which was a group of elite Nazis (“Josef Mengele, Angel of Death”). Now firmly entrenched in Nazi society and ideology and with World War Two on history’s doorstep, Mengele is poised to become the overseer of a veritable Hell on earth.
Once Hitler invaded Poland in 1939, Europe was at war once more. Mengele was drafted in 1940, his first assignment being at the Race and Settlement Main Office North-East in Posen. Shortly after this he volunteered to join the Armed SS as a medic (“Josef Mengele”). In 1942, while on the Eastern Front, Mengele was wounded and deemed unfit for duty (“Josef Mengele, Angel of Death”). A year later, in 1943, Mengele was awarded the rank of SS Captain. Promptly after his promotion,...

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