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Josef Mengele
By: Brian Folwell
Early Life
• Born on March 16th 1911 in
Gunzburg, Germany to his parents
Walburga and Karl Mengele. (3)
• He had two broth...
Influences
• Mengele was heavily influenced
because of Germany’s want of
an Aryan race.
• After he earned his doctorate in...
Mengele’s
Experiments
• He oversaw the death of Jews from the
gas chambers and essentially
determined which Jews would wor...
Effects
• World War II was a horrific
experience for anyone involved.
• Dr. Mengele was directly
involved with the murder ...
Later Life
• I believe Mengele is considered a
villain because of his disregard
towards human life.
• Mengele was very int...
References
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  1. 1. Josef Mengele By: Brian Folwell
  2. 2. Early Life • Born on March 16th 1911 in Gunzburg, Germany to his parents Walburga and Karl Mengele. (3) • He had two brothers, Karl Jr. and Alois Mengele. (3) • Mengele was very intelligent and received an excellent education. • When he was 16 years old he contracted an infection called osteomyelitis, which is a bone disease. This infection is what started his interest with the human body. • He went to college and obtained a doctorate in Biological Anthropology, which is the study of development of human life.
  3. 3. Influences • Mengele was heavily influenced because of Germany’s want of an Aryan race. • After he earned his doctorate in anthropology he became an assistant to Dr. Otmar Vershuer. (3) • Dr. Otmar Vershuer was a scientist who conducted genetic research. • Mengele’s relationship with Vershuer only strengthened his curiosity towards genetics.
  4. 4. Mengele’s Experiments • He oversaw the death of Jews from the gas chambers and essentially determined which Jews would work at the concentration camp or be sent to the gas chambers. Mengele was fascinated by people who had genetic similarities, such as twins. (3) • Many of his ‘experiments’ were in fact pseudoscience (false science), which means they were not credible or had any scientific value. (1) • He took advantage of the war situation in order to conduct any experiments which he had an interest in. • Some experiments included amputations, blood transfusions, and injections of diseases such as typhus. • There were many other experiments performed by Mengele, such as using vats of cold water or snow to determine how long someone can survive freezing temperatures.
  5. 5. Effects • World War II was a horrific experience for anyone involved. • Dr. Mengele was directly involved with the murder of thousands of Jewish prisoners. • Mengele worsened the cause because of his torturous experiments, which led to agonizing death. • Furthermore, his experiments were unnecessary and barbaric since they did not have any scientific relevance.
  6. 6. Later Life • I believe Mengele is considered a villain because of his disregard towards human life. • Mengele was very intelligent and understood that what he was doing was wrong, but he continued his actions anyways. • After the war, Mengele was initially captured, but was later released due to a paperwork discrepancy. • A reward was offered for his capture, but Mengele was able to live out the remainder of his life in South America. (2) • He never surrendered himself or tried to rectify his wrongdoings.
  7. 7. References

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