Suggested research about Josef Mengele:

Doctor Josef Mengele: The Angel of Death
(Holocaust Biographies)
by Holly Cefrey
Hardcover, 112 pages, list price $26.50
Review from School Library Journal

Gr 6-9-After a dramatic opening that describes how prisoners were transported to Auschwitz by the thousands, Cefrey details how they were greeted by Mengele, who decided who was to die at once and who would be allowed to live as a slave laborer for a while. Mengele studied medicine and became a doctor, but was more interested in the study of genetics and Darwin's theories of natural selection. This background, plus his inability to continue active military service after being injured and decorated several times, led to his appointment at Auschwitz. Established medical institutions encouraged his "experiments" at that camp and collaborated with him. The bulk of the book describes the man's erratic personality, his experiments, and the suffering of his subjects, especially twins. What makes Cefrey's book so interesting is that she spells out Germany's nationalistic aims clearly and more succinctly than most adult books on the subject. She reports that the German population, already nourished on nationalistic folklore of a superior "German volk," was just waiting for a charismatic leader to lead them back to the glory they felt their country deserved. Black-and-white photos, some of which are reproduced better than others, are scattered throughout.
Marcia W. Posner, Holocaust Memorial and Educational Center of Nassau County, Glen Cove, NY
Review is Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Children of the Flames : Dr. Josef Mengele and the Untold Story of the Twins of Auschwitz. During WWII, Josef Mengele subjected some 3,000 twins to medical experiments of unspeakable horror; only 160 survived. In this remarkable narrative, the life of Auschwitz's Angel of Death is told in counterpoint to the lives of the survivors.

Echoes from Auschwitz : Dr. Mengele's Twins, The Story of Eva & Miriam Mozes — the story of ten-year-old twin girls chosen by Mengele to be "human guineau pigs." Incredible story of Auschwitz as seen through the eyes of a child.

The Last Nazi: The Life and Times of Josef Mengele by Gerald Aster. 1985. (out of print, this link takes you to used book seller). The playwright used this book as a reference for the history of Mengele. Excellent details, good research material, sticks to the facts. The motivations of this man remain an enigma. 305 pages with illustrations.
(Out of print - Buy it Used)

80629 : A Mengele Experiment by Gene Church. Details the life of Auschwitz survivor Jack Oran from almost certain death to life in Dallas, Texas.

Mengele - The Complete Story by Gerald Posner and John Ware. 1999. Based on over 5,000 pages of personal writings and family photos, this definitive biography of German physician and SS-Hauptsturmfubrer 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). The book examines the entire life of the world's most infamous doctor.


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Auschwitz Concentration Camp
Books about Nazi Doctors and Trials of War Criminals
This Way for the Gas Ladies and Gentlemen by Tadeusz Borowski
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