Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Dr. Josef Mengele
Left to right: Dr. Josef Mengele, Rudolf Höss, Josef Kramer, and an unidentified officer.
1. In Auschwitz Jews went through a process. Describe the first 48 hours for Jews once the doors opened to the cattle cars. Describe what is lost or gained with each significant event.
A. When the Jews would arrive, they would go through sorting, from those who were dead, unable to walk, and able to walk. Then they were separated by sex, but the younger children were able to stay with their mothers. Then came selection, either you were condemned to death or condemned to work. Either way, you would after that you would surrender your valuables, then you clothing, then hair removal. If you were condemned to death, you were then gassed, then cremation. If you were chosen to work, you would simply go work. With in the selection time, there were many things lost then. Right off the bat you would loose your mother or father. Then after that, you would loose what was valuable to you, then your clothes. If you were condemned to work, you would get new clothes, but the clothes usually didn't fit. But if you'd be condemned to work, you then would meet up, if you were lucky, with old friends and families.
2. Elie comes face to face with Josef Mengele. During the rest of the chapter Elie refers to him as the Angel of Death. Explain how Mengele wound up with this nickname. Describe the things he did to make himself notorious. What happened to the Angel of Death after the war?
A. Josef Mengele got his nickname, the Angel of Death, by just walking in the room you could feel a since of evil coming from him. “The notorious Josef Mengele, would torture Jewish children, Gypsy children and many others. “Patients” were put into pressure chambers tested with drugs, castrated, frozen to death, and exposed to various other traumas.” But the big reason why Mengele got his nickname was by the way he enjoyed killing people. Once a whole block had lice, so by curing the problem, he gassed the 750 women that were assigned to that block. Then, he drew a line in a children’s block up to 5 feet, and all of those who were shorter then were sent straight to the gas chambers.
After the war, he fled to South America, married his brothers widow, and had a son. Then one day he went for a swim in the ocean, and while he was out there, he suffered from a massive stroke, and drowned. He lived till 1979.
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