Joseph Mengele Life

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Grant Kiepper
Mr. Anderson
U.S History
12-10-12
Joseph Mengele Interview
Q. When and where were you born?
A. Guenzburg, Germany and March 16 1911.
Q . When did you first start as a military “doctor”?
A. In May 1943, I replaced another doctor who had become ill at the Nazi extermination camp Birkenau. On May 24, 1943, I became medical officer of Auschwitz Q. Did you ever go into battle in WWII?

A. Yes, from 1937-1942.
Q. Did you earn any metals while in battle?
A. Yes, In January 1942, while serving with the Wiking Division behind Soviet lines, to get my medals there was a burning tank that had two German soldiers in it and I pulled both out of the tank and was awarded the Iron Cross First Class, as well as the Wound Badge in Black and the Medal for the Care of the German People. Q. What made you leave military service on the front lines to become a “doctor” at Auschwitz? A. While serving with the Wiking Division behind Soviet lines, I was wounded. Since I was medically unfit for combat I was posted to the Race and Resettlement Office in Berlin. I resumed getting mentored by von Verschuer, who was at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Anthropology, Human Genetics and Eugenics in Berlin, which is how I got into the Genetics experiments. Q. How did you get the nickname “doctor death”?

A. I initially became known for being one of the physicians who supervised the selection of arriving transports of prisoners, determining who was to be killed and who would become a forced laborer. I’m much more famous for performing human experiments on camp inmates, including children, and women. Which is how I became known as “doctor death”.

Q. What type of things happened in Auschwitz while you were there? A. I decided who was going to be sent to be killed because they were not physically fit to perform labor, like children elderly men and women, or weak women who couldn’t be used for anything. Later I took advantage of Auschwitz and used it to...
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