Children of the Flames: Dr. Josef Mengele and the Untold Story of the Twins of Auschwitz Characters

Lucette Matalon Lagnado
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Josef Mengele

Josef Mengele was a doctor who received a Ph.D. in anthropology at the Universtiy of Munich and a Ph.D. in genetics at the University of Frankfurt. Mentored by renowned eugenics professor, Otmar von Verschuer, Mengele became an avid student of racial sciences. Like many scientists at the time of Hitler's rise in Germany, Mengele believed that the strong, blond-haired, blue-eyed Aryans of Northern Germany the superior race and that all other races were polluting the genetic pool. Despite being of a lesser German genetic pool himself, Mengele began to study ways in which the Aryan race could be promoted, studying twins to find a way to repopulate the world quickly with these preferred Aryan children.

After serving in both the regular army and the SS, Mengele got a job in Auschwitz through his mentor Verschuer as the camp doctor. Mengele's job included signing death certificates...

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