Josef Mengele

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Many cruel and evil people have been directly or indirectly influenced by their past. They gain a hate and malice from somewhere in their past that affect their future decisions. Josef Mengele was no different. Mr. Mengele was a cruel officer and physician that was infamous for his inhumane medical experiments in the concentration camp, Auschwitz. He earned the title, “the angel of death,” by sending thousands of people to their deaths and performing brutal experiments on hundreds more. Let’s look into the past and find out what he was and what he became. His upbringing and background shaped him into the man he became in the later days. His early years were pretty normal. Josef was born on March 16, 1911 and grew up in Günzburg Bavaria as the oldest son of Karl Mengele and Walburga. He grew up in a strict and disciplined household that had very little affection and endearment. His parents “demanded the same respect and obedience from their sons as they did from their employees” (Grabowski, 14). Josef was praised by his teachers and was popular amongst students. Mengele was said to be dependable and bright in his studies, and he found an interest in music and art. He succeeded in school and eventually went to college. At the University of Munich, he received a PHD in physical anthropology. Two people, Dr. Earnst Rudin and Dr. Otmar Von Verschuer, were major influences on Josef and may be the reason for some of his actions. Mr. Mengele attended many lectures by a Dr. Rudin, and he was the person that introduced him to the idea that inferior beings should be eliminated. He later became the assistant of Dr. Vershuer at the Institute for Hereditary Biology and Racial Hygiene. Dr. Vershuer was a leading scientist that was widely known f... ... middle of paper ... ...mington Hills: Lucent, 2004. Print "Josef Mengele." Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Apr. 2014. . "Josef Mengele." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. United States Holocaust Memorial Council, 10 June 2013. Web. 06 Apr. 2014. . "SS." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. United States Holocaust Memorial Council, 10 June 2013. Web. 06 Apr. 2014. . "Josef Mengele Biography." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 05 Apr. 2014. . "Josef Mengele and Experimentation on Human Twins at Auschwitz." Longwood Home Page. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Apr. 2014. .

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