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Definition: Mengele from The Macquarie Dictionary

1911--79, German Nazi physician; chief doctor at Auschwitz concentration camp 1943--45 during which time he selected people for extermination and conducted medical experiments on inmates.

Summary Article: Mengele, Josef
From Britannica Concise Encyclopedia

(born March 16, 1911, Günzburg, Ger.—died Feb. 7, 1979, Enseada da Bertioga, near São Paulo, Braz.) German Nazi doctor. Influenced by the racial ideology of Alfred Rosenberg, in 1934 Mengele joined the research staff of the newly founded Institute for Hereditary Biology and Racial Hygiene. An ardent Nazi, he served in World War II as medical officer with the SS. In 1943 he was appointed chief doctor at Auschwitz-Birkenau, where he selected incoming Jews for labour or extermination, becoming known as the “Angel of Death,” and conducted medical experiments on inmates in pseudoscientific racial studies. After the war he escaped to South America, where he died in 1979 under the name of Wolfgang Gerhard, a Nazi he befriended in Brazil and whose identity he assumed.

Birth Place: Gunzburg, Germany

Death Place: São Paulo, Brazil

Name: Mengele, Josef or Josef Mengele

Gender: male

Nationality: German

Activity: German physician

Keywords: Germany, Gunzburg, Nazi Party, Holocaust, SS, German, genocide, Jew, Brazil, São Paulo, Auschwitz, Josef Mengele, Mengele, Josef, anti-Semitism

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