Based on exclusive and unrestricted access to more than 5,000 pages of personal writings and family photos, this definitive biography of German physician and SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer 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). With authority and insight, Mengele examines the entire life of the world's most infamous doctor.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Edition description:||1ST COOPER|
|Product dimensions:||6.80(w) x 8.88(h) x 0.88(d)|
About the Author
Gerald L. Posner is the bestselling author of Hitler's Children, Case Closed: Lee Harvey 'swald and the Assassination of JFK, and Killing the Dream: James Earl Ray and the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. He lives in New York City. Producer and author John Ware lives in London.
Table of Contents
|1||The Formative Years||1|
|2||Auschwitz: May 1943--January 1945||19|
|3||Arrested and Freed||59|
|4||Flight from Europe||86|
|5||Argentina: Lull before the Storm||94|
|6||Flight to Paraguay||117|
|8||One Step Ahead||148|
|9||The Man in the Watchtower||161|
|10||"We Could Have Had Him"||182|
|12||"I've Seen Mengele"||206|
|13||"He Was an Impossible Man"||220|
|14||Greetings from Afar||230|
|15||"We Don't Know Where Mengele Is"||244|
|16||"Pedro," the Neighbor||258|
|17||"Now I Can Die in Peace"||271|
|18||"My Life Is at an End"||284|
|19||"Keep Everything a Secret"||290|
|20||"Dust to Dust"||305|
I always wanted to know what a Nazi fugitive life was like, where did the all the gold go and how did they get from Germany to South America and it was in this book I found out. The first book on World War II the Holocaust that I read. Very well written with a lot of informational footnotes. I highly recommend this book for reading.
This book seemed to take no time at all to complete. It was well written. For me... I found it to be a page turner. This is a book that I recommend if you are a world war two buff like I am.
This book focuses on the hunt for mengele and not the horrible crimes he committed at auschwitz; although they are mentioned so that the reader may understand why so many spent so much time pursuing the "angel of death". After a hundred pages I felt there was nothing left to tell, yet there was three hundred more pages. I read the last 220 pages in one sitting and was late for work because I could not put this book down.
This isn't a straight-up biography. The authors spend one chapter on Mengele's life before Auschwitz, and one (albeit very detailed and horrific) chapter on his activities in Auschwitz, and the rest on his life as a fugitive and the decades-long hunt for him. But accounts of Mengele at Auschwitz can be got from numerous other sources. I was deeply distressed by how many near-misses there were, how many times they could have caught him and didn't. It's no consolation that he was lonely and miserable most of his time in South America.If you want to know the details of Mengele's crimes, you'd be better off reading memoirs and stuff about Auschwitz that talk about him. But the pursuit of him, and the pursuit of other Nazi war criminals as detailed in this book (Eichmann was kidnapped off a Buenos Aires street by Mossad agents, for example), makes for interesting and illuminating reading.