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Josef Mengele: From Man To Monster

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Josef Mengele was once one of the brightest young doctors of his time. But in his efforts to prove his brilliance to his fellow Germans, he would take a very dark path that made him one of the most wanted men of the Holocaust. Josef Mengele had a fierce mother growing up. Very strict and never giving in to what her children did. That would be a very bad example for Mengele on how to treat people. Also, with his desire after college to create a Nazi super race and prove that Jews were subhuman there was no stopping Josef Mengele from becoming a monster. Not only did Mengele perform harsh experiments and have an intense selection process, but he also had a great ability to evade capture, and ...view middle of the document...

Most SS soldiers would arrive drunk and unfocused, but not Mengele, because this was his favorite part. He would be able to carefully select which people he would be researching. He looked for things like twins, abnormal genetic deformities, pregnant mothers, and he even would spare some of those that he thought to be beautiful. It didn’t matter to Mengele who it was that he chose. It could have been an elderly person or a small child ripped from their mother’s arms. As one of the survivors describes, “Once the SS guard knew we were twin, Miriam and I were taken away from our mother, without any warning or explanation. Our screams fell on deaf ears. I remember looking back and seeing my mother’s arms stretched out in despair as we were led away by a soldier. That was the last time I saw her” (Rosenberg 2). Conditions were far worse once the experimentation started. Blood was drawn in very large quantities each time the twins woke up for a new day. When someone was driven away by the trucks to the labs for experimentation, all hope was lost for that poor soul. Mengele would try to replicate the ideal blue color of the eyes by injecting painful chemicals and dyes into the eyes which would lead to temporary or permanent blindness. Mengele would test also test with diseases. If one twin were to get a disease and die, the other would most likely be killed to see what effects the disease had on that twin. He would also perform surgeries without anesthesia that were excruciatingly painful on the patient (Rosenberg 2). Mengele was not feared himself, but the experiments he performed were what struck fear into the Jews of Auschwitz, making them want to hide from Mengele. At least until Auschwitz was liberated (Schloss).
Liberation couldn’t have come faster for the Jewish people, because the things that Josef Mengele did were both mentally and physically damaging. The selection process was terrifying for the Jewish people. They were unsure of what was going on at first, but once they understood that it was a selection between who lives and who dies, fear almost wrenched their hearts out. One man described how the gas chambers worked with tears in his eyes because of his lost loved ones and the terrible way that they had to die. Mengele would also fool the twins by giving them candy and acting like he cared about them, giving them false hope for their futures. Because once the trucks came that delivered them to block ten, there was no going back (Schloss). Mengele would also kill for no reason. He would go around and mark pregnant woman with a red x on their chest, marking them for death without even saying a word. When he made an original selection from the train, he saw a very beautiful woman and her daughter and let them both live because of their beauty. The mother worked as a secretary for Mengele and the little girl was a messenger that Mengele acted like he cared very much about. But the day before Auschwitz was liberated the little girl was killed...

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