Mengele: The Complete Story

Mengele: The Complete Story

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780815410065
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/08/2000
Edition description: 1ST COOPER
Pages: 408
Sales rank: 148,555
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

1The Formative Years1
2Auschwitz: May 1943--January 194519
3Arrested and Freed59
4Flight from Europe86
5Argentina: Lull before the Storm94
6Flight to Paraguay117
7Operation Mengele133
8One Step Ahead148
9The Man in the Watchtower161
10"We Could Have Had Him"182
11Chasing Shadows192
12"I've Seen Mengele"206
13"He Was an Impossible Man"220
14Greetings from Afar230
15"We Don't Know Where Mengele Is"244
16"Pedro," the Neighbor258
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

Customer Reviews

Mengele: The Complete Story 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
meggyweg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago