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there to ensure that all twins that arrived were sent to him.# He had an obsession with being an actual Angel of Death in that he had power to decide one s fate. He also had an obsession with his research that would inevitably involve the experimentation of twins due to his involvement in genetics and racial characteristics. The use of twins was at the forefront of Josef Mengele s research. His stated mission at Auschwitz was to perform research on human genetics.# Mengele believed that if sets of twins without many hereditary defects were carefully analysed, a researcher 4 could compile this information on heredity and draw conclusions upon them.# Mengele had a longing desire to become recognized as a great scientist #, and he brought this attitude and drive to Auschwitz and his

experimentation on twins. The majority of all the twins that arrived at Auschwitz, were spared from outright execution and were placed in a special barracks called the Zoo .# These twins were nicknamed Mengele s Children because they were his favourite subjects to work with and they received special treatment such as extra food rations.# However, the experiments that Mengele would perform on the twins would be nothing but cruelty. The most infamous experiment was his eye colour experiment on many twins. Starting with an interest in prisoners with eyes of different colour and prisoners with blonde hair and brown eyes, Mengele injected different dyes and chemicals into the eyes to record a reaction.# Scientifically, injections of methylene blue, the chemical that Mengele used most

often, cannot alter the colour of eyes. The only result is pain and horrible infections.# Many children recovered to an extent but they would inevitably end up dying or having permanent blindness. If any of the twins died, Mengele would harvest their eyes and pin them to a wall, in the same manner a biologist 5 would pin small specimens to styrofoam.# From showing a compassionate side by saving many twins at the arrival gates, Mengele would sooner or later subject these children to his cruel experiments in pursuit of genetic information that did not exist except in the imagination of an Aryan supremist like Mengele. Dr. Josef Mengele having achieved a sense of power in the Nazi party, he grew obsessed with this power at Auschwitz and all forms of cooperation with Mengele were

ways of legitimizing murder and helped Mengele s need to assume an ethical order in his work. He became an actual angel of death through deciding life or death for prisoners arriving at the ramps and performing unimaginable and cruel human experiments on so many young subjects. Josef Mengele has been considered to be the most terrible of all the doctors under Hitler because of his bloodlust for death and his severity of experiments on twins that ended up being scientifically worthless.# Medicine not only provided the scientific rationale that legitimized these selections, but it also exploited human victims for inhuman research. During the Holocaust, medicine was used as an excuse for genocide and mass killings, especially at Auschwitz. Bibliography Jacobs, Benjamin. The Dentist

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