Thursday, August 11, 2011

Squeamish? Don't Read!

     The name SS Hauptsturmfuhrer Josef Mengele,gives a chill which makes the hair stand up for a great many people.
     I have been engrossed in the book, 'MENGELE, The Complete Story', authored  by Gerald Posner and John Ware.  Both fascinating, and absolutely disgusting and frustrating.
     I have come across a few ,shall we say, experiments, which have been so bothersome, I MUST blog it out.  Come read , if you feel like  living through just a part of Dante's inferno, or Auschwitz.
    I have studied this subject for, well, some many years, but some things just seem so incredible, I find it hard to wrap my head around it, and understand....
Here we go:

Mengele, as most Nazi doctors, looked for ways to increase their 'master race', of Aryans. Tall,blond, blue eyes, roman nose, muscle bound, healthy and heroic, and a fervent love of the Fatherland. In this vein Mengele worked on his abundant material (people) in search of this. His specialty was twins. In studying twins he looked forward to increasing the race two fold each time, and tried experimenting to see if twins would give birth to twins.
His interests included the color of eyes, and they should mainly be blue, so he also experimented in this.
Please, if you are squeamish, don't read.

Some of Mengele's first experiments at KL Auschwitz were on eyes. He injected different colored dyes to see if he was able to change the pigmentation of eyes. Thirty six children were used for this experimentation. They consisted of painful infections, many times blindness. Afterwards  the children were gassed as they were of no further use to the Dr...(so hard to call this man a doctor...)  But the results of his research,supplemented by the German Research Council, were witnessed by an inmate, who was himself a doctor, and a Jew. This is what he said.
     "In June 1943 I went to the Gypsy camp in Birkenau. I saw a wooden table. On it were samples of eyes. They each had a number and a letter. The eyes were very pale yellow to bright blue, green, and violet."

Another witness, a woman ,said,
     "She saw a wall covered with eyes in one of Mengele's laboratories. "They were pinned up like butterflies," she said. "I thought I was dead and already living in hell."

     The eyes were sent to Berlin as a research report.

Now I come to the twins. Mengele, it is said, adored twins, dwarfs, and oddities of all types.
     When the cattle cars pulled into the the gates of Auschwitz ,Mengele stood at the head as the people, or what was left of them huddled into two lines. Men and woman. The woman usually held the children. He quickly yelled for twins.  And there they came, his beloved twins.
Twins were perfect for the picked experiments as one twin was used as the control subject.
     Twins destined for Mengele's experiments were housed in a barrack in Birkenau,which was the woman's spin off concentration camp of Auschwitz.  There were hundreds of sub camps like this.  Where the twins stayed was known as the 'ZOO'.  The children were given good food, comfortable beds. Conditions were clean, as he wanted their health built up, this was the most important part of the experimental process, the comparative study of bodily functions, and anatomy.
     Incredibly, these children adored the monster doctor calling him 'uncle pepi'.  Mengele brought them chocolates, candies and the girls had ribbons in their hair. An absolute perfectionist, if both ribbons were not at exactly the same height, it was to be done over again.

     After the health of the twins were built up, and they were strong and very healthy, the experiments began.
The twins were moved to a hospital for what was called the "in vivo' stage. It was experimentation performed while the children were alive.
200 pairs of boy twins were held in the ready for experimentation.
     First the twins were measured, everything, ears, nose, distance from nose to ears.   Then when the measuring was over....
Surgery was performed, most times without anesthetics. Amputations which were needless, wounds deliberately infected to compare the reaction of each twin, as well as other honorifics. One really weird experiment was to take one twins blood and interchange it into his twin brother or sister.

     Here now is another bit I had read which split my mind in half:
The results of one of the blood interchange experiment was graphically described by witness, Vera Alexander.:
     "One day Mengele brought chocolate and special clothes. the next day, SS men came and took two children away. The were two of my pets, Tito and Nino. One of them was a hunchback. Two or three days later, an SS man brought them back in a terrible state. They had been cut. The hunchback was sewn to the other child, back to back, their wrists back to back too. There was a terrible smell of gangrene. The cuts were dirty and the children cried every night."

     Mengele , also forced the two sisters to have sex with other twins, to try to discover if twins would reproduce twins. He tried finding suitable (isn't that kind of the bastard) partners for each. When they objected, Mengele, told them, they were prisoners, and this was an experiment, they were to do as they were told.-------These statements told by a small group of survivors of these experiments.
After the in vivo tests, then Mengele dove into the heart of his experiments, for his passion was to learn everything about the similarities or differences of twins. This he called, again, The most important part of the experiments on twins:
     The dissection of their bodies. Then Mengele would compare their organs and overall development. His treasures, and beloved, children, twins, had to DIE AT THE SAME time.

     The first children  delivered to Mengele was two year old twins. His assistant preformed the autopsies. They lay side by side on the dissection tiny, And in an incredibly horrible nutshell, it was those tiny victims  who HAD to resolve the secret of the reproduction of the Aryan race.

And this was my horrible blurb of the day

Thank you for reading


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