Mengele: The Complete Story

Mengele: The Complete Story

by Gerald Posner

Based on exclusive and unrestricted access to more than 5,000 pages of personal writings and family photos, this definitive biography of German physician and SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer Josef Mengele (1911-1979) probes the personality and motivations of Auschwitz's "Angel of Death." From May 1943 through January 1945, Mengele selected who would be gassed immediately, who would be worked to death, and who would serve as involuntary guinea pigs for his spurious and ghastly human experiments (twins were Mengele's particular obsession). With authority and insight, Mengele examines the entire life of the world's most infamous doctor.

  • Language: English
  • Category: History
  • Rating: 3.91
  • Pages: 364
  • Publish Date: August 8th 2000 by Cooper Square Press
  • Isbn10: 0815410069
  • Isbn13: 9780815410065

What People Think about "Mengele: The Complete Story"

If you want to know the details of Mengele's crimes, you'd be better off reading memoirs and stuff about Auschwitz that talk about him.

Aiheena on Auschwitzin kuolemanenkeliksi tituleerattu natsiupseeri ja lääketieteen tohtori Josef Mengele, ja teoksen alaotsikko on elämä ja teot. Kirja oli sikäli pettymys, että varsinainen elämäkerta teos ei ole, vaikka Mengelen kirjeenvaihtoa ja runsaslukuista lähdeaineistoa onkin käytetty. Myös Mossadin Eichmann-kaappaus ja Mengelen jäljitys saa ison huomion. Tekijöillä on kova yritys vakuuttaa, että Mengele eli kuin vankilassa, kun hän asui vieraalla mantereella, perusti perheen, harjoitti yritystoimintaa, osasi niin espanjan kuin portugalin kielen ja harjoitti kiinteistöbisneksiä ja oli säännöllisesti yhteydessä sukulaisiinsa Gürzburgiin Baijeriin. Tehtiinpä vielä Mengelen kuolinvuonna 1979 Gregory Peckin tähdittämä elokuva Brasilian pojat, jonka aiheena oli Mengele-myytti ja miehen elämä Etelä-Amerikassa.

The rest of the book goes into great detail about his movements after WW2, his life in South America, who harboured him and how, and his death and the aftermath of that.

Posnerin ja John Waren kirjan Josef Mengele Elämä ja teot, joka kertoo Auschwitchin pahamaineisen lääkärin elämän ja pakomatkan Etelä-Amerikassa. KAK törmäsi myös sattumalta internetissä Magneettimedian vuonna 2015 tekemään artikkeleihin, jossa pyrittiin kumoamaan holokausti ja Mengelen tekemät rikokset.

Interesting reading about how Mengele escaped the justice process despite some efforts made to find him after he had been years in hiding.

Escaping justice in 1945 through cunning and sheer dumb luck, (detailed extensively in the book) and shielded by his wealthy Bavarian family, (from Gunzburg--they are still one of Germany's largest producers of farm machinery) Mengele was able to find his way to South America helped by a Nazi underground and sympathizers.

The authors provided the most complete portrait of Josef Mengele that I have ever read. I really enjoyed Mengele: The Complete Story.

Anthony Lewis in The New York Times: "With 'Killing the Dream, he has written a superb book: a model of investigation, meticulous in its discovery and presentation of evidence, unbiased in its exploration of every claim. And it is a wonderfully readable book, as gripping as a first-class detective story." "What we need is a work of painstakingly honest journalism, a la Case Closed, Gerald Posner's landmark re-examination of the assassination of John F. Gene Lyons, in Entertainment Weekly: "As thorough and incisive a job of reporting and critical thinking as you will ever read, Case Closed does more than buttress the much beleaguered Warren Commission's conclusion .More than that, Posner's book is written in a penetrating, lucid style that makes it a joy to read. 'A'" Jeffrey Toobin in the Chicago Tribune: "Unlike many of the 2,000 other books that have been written about the Kennedy assassination, Posner's Case Closed is a resolutely sane piece of work.