Nazi doctor Mengele’s remains donated to medical research

After his bones sit in a Brazilian forensic center for nearly 30 years, body of Auschwitz ‘Angel of Death’ to be used to ‘train new doctors’

Nazi doctor Josef Mengele (Wikimedia Commons)
Nazi doctor Josef Mengele (Wikimedia Commons)

A Brazilian doctor announced that the remains of notorious Nazi doctor and “Angel of Death” Josef Mengele will be donated to medical research.

Mengele, who drowned in 1979 in Brazil, was buried under a false name in Sao Paulo. The grave was discovered in 1985, and DNA testing and testimony by the Nazi’s son later positively identified him as the concentration camp doctor who carried out cruel and often lethal human experiments and who was famously involved in the selection of inmates to the gas chambers, earning him the nickname “Angel of Death.”

The war criminal’s remains have been stored in a Sao Paulo forensic institute for nearly 30 years. His family members never stepped forward to claim them.

Dr. Daniel Romero Muniz, a professor of medicine at the University of Sao Paulo who was behind the identification of Mengele, earlier this month won a lawsuit permitting him to hand over the remains for scientific research, The Daily Mail reported on Wednesday, citing Brazilian media.

Auschwitz's Block 10, where Dr. Josef Mengele conducted medical experiments on the camp's inmates (photo credit: CC-BY-SA, VbCrLf, Wikimedia Commons)
Auschwitz’s Block 10, where Dr. Josef Mengele conducted medical experiments on the camp’s inmates. (CC-BY-SA, VbCrLf, Wikimedia Commons)

“(Mengele’s) bones will be a really good example for our students to learn from. They will be used to help train new doctors and will be particularly good for those students who are studying post-mortem examinations,” he said.

Muniz displayed Mengele’s bones on Brazilian TV last weekend, pointing to a pelvic fracture and a hole in his cheek bone, indicating sinusitis, that led to the identification.

“He had a motorbike accident when he was in Auschwitz camp and the pelvis shows a fracture,” he said.

Mengele fled Germany in 1949, residing in Argentina and Paraguay before arriving in Brazil. Up until his death at the age of 68, he managed to elude capture by Nazi hunters and the Mossad.

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