Weird History

Chilling Facts About Nazi Doctor Josef Mengele

Born in 1911, Josef Mengele was a philosophy student who would go on to become one of the most frightening faces of the Holocaust. Known as the Angel of Death, many facts about Josef Mengele have become interwoven with rumors and conjecture that have transformed him from the Nazi doctor who created a tangible Hell in Auschwitz into a boogeyman that still haunts the secret history of Europe and America into the 21st century.

This list records some strange facts that you may not read in a standard Josef Mengele biography. Who was Dr. Mengele? There is no easy way to talk about one of the most heinous war criminals of the 20th century. He did truly horrible things that earned him a reputation similar to a super villain straight out of a Captain America story, undoubtedly inspiring in his wake as many writers as he did real live sadists. But as you’ll come to see, he was a regular person doing terrible things because he believed they were the right thing to do - which makes the things he did at Auschwitz even more complex and terrifying.

Just so you know, you’ll probably have to take a few breaks to clear your head while reading this list of facts about Josef Mengele.