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Perhaps the most notorious war criminal of all time, Josef Mengele was the embodiment of bloodless efficiency and passionate devotion to a grotesque worldview. Aided by the role he has assumed in works of popular culture, Mengele has come to symbolize the Holocaust itself as well as the failure of justice that allowed countless Nazi murderers and their accomplices to escape justice. 

As chief of investigative research at the Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations in the 1980s, David G. Marwell worked on the Mengele case. Drawing on his own experience as well as new scholarship and sources, Marwell examines Mengele's life and career. He chronicles Mengele's university studies; his wartime service both in frontline combat and at Auschwitz, where his "selections" sent innumerable innocents to their deaths and his "scientific" pursuits traumatized or killed countless more; and his postwar flight from Europe and refuge in South America. 

Mengele describes the international search for the Nazi doctor in 1985 that ended in a cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the dogged forensic investigation that produced overwhelming evidence that Mengele had died - but failed to convince those who, arguably, most wanted him dead. This is the riveting story of science without limits, escape without freedom, and resolution without justice.

©2020 David G. Marwell (P)2020 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Did not want to pause.

Certainly very in depth as to Mengele's life, despite not focusing on graphic specifics of his crimes. Due to the aforementioned and the author unemotionally stating facts and movements, Mengele is somewhat humanised. As such, I think this book would be painful for some people to read. Many names are mentioned, so concentration was needed to follow the story. Initially I was unimpressed but very quickly realised the reader's voice was very suited to the subject matter. Overall, fascinating.

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  • 30-06-2020

A Good Lesson in Historical Investigative Techniques

This book is probably better received by someone who is interested more in sorted details of the post war Anti-Nazi trials rather than the tales of the actual events that happened in the concentration camps.
I would have liked much more detail about the actual experiments that Mengele was accused of being involved in. Some detail was provided about the sorting process of prisoners as they entered the camps, but that is about the extent of the details surrounding the alleged deeds of the famous Doctor of Death. The investigative process that led to Megeles’ final death proclamation is covered extensively, possibly to a fault; however, it leaves no doubt that Mengele is dead. What is not known is how Mengeles quality of life really was during the years while he was on the run. These details would have been a valuable inclusion into this book.

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  • 26-02-2020

Minimal info on his background during the war

I bought this to learn a little about Mengele’s performance and conduct during the Second World War. It is a little bit about his academic career very minimal about his misconduct during the war and then several hours of people chasing around over Paraguay looking for him. He then dies and then it has several paragraphs about people picking up bones and then trying to work out if it’s him or not. Very slow quite boring and very much not what I was after.

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