Mengele, Josef

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Josef Mengele
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Mengele, Josef Gender: M
born on 16 March 1911 at 11:45 (= 11:45 AM )
Place Gunzburg, Germany, 48n27, 10e16
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Steinbrecher
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 24°44' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 11°59 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 11°53'


German physician and member of the Nazi party who was known as the "Angel of Death" at the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. He was the subject of a 40-year international hunt in the postwar years, known for being the butcher who had supervised the torture and death of as many as 400,000 Jews in a maniacal quest for racial purity.

Mengele was born into a prominent family in Gunzburg, a small town half way between Stuttgart and Munich. He was the eldest son of Karl Mengele, an autocratic man, and Walburga, his mother. Mengele had two brothers: Karl, a lawyer, and Alois, who worked in the family farm machinery business. He studied medicine and philosophy at the University of Munich. After obtaining his doctorate, he went to work at the University of Leipzig Medical School in 1936 but soon asked to be transferred to the University of Frankfurt to work in its Institute for Racial Purity. In 1937, attracted by Hitler's racial purity theories, he became a Nazi. He received his M.D. in July 1938. In 1939, he joined the Waffen SS, the military arm of the Schutzstaffel, formed originally as Hitler's personal bodyguard.

Mengele was transferred at the beginning of the Russian assault in June 1941 to the Ukrainian front, and was wounded at Rostov the following year. He was promoted to captain, and on 5/30/1943, transferred to the Auschwitz prison camp in southern Poland as its chief medical officer. Less than a month after his arrival, he developed malaria and injured his hip in a motorcycle accident, July 1943. It was at Auschwitz where he began his grisly genetic research on twins and other subjects.

He escaped from Auschwitz just in advance of the Russian troops on 1/17/1945, and was captured by the Allies in Saxony five months later. Released three months after that, he worked on a farm in Rosenheim for the next few years. In January 1946, his mother died. In August 1948, he returned to Gunzburg.

Fearful of being recognized, Mengele escaped Germany through Switzerland, arriving in Italy on 4/18/1949. Jailed for a phony identification card, he was eventually released, then went to Argentina three months later under the alias of Helmut Gregor and with a passport featuring a picture of his brother.

He set up a medical practice in one of the northern suburbs of Buenos Aires and in 1954, became an Argentinean citizen. An arrest warrant was issued for him by the German government in June 1959, so he moved to neighboring Paraguay. The following November, his father died. In October 1960 he left Paraguay for Brazil due to the increase of Israeli commando units hunting for him. For the next year, he lived with a benefactor and in October 1961 he moved in with friends of his benefactor, the Stammers. A somewhat turbulent relationship existed for the next 14 years between Mengele and the Stammers, and Mengele moved alone to San Paulo.

He married Irene Schoenbein on 7/28/1939. They had a son, Rolf, born in April 1944. They were divorced in 1954. He married his brother Karl's widow in 1956.

Mengele's health began to deteriorate and on 5/17/1976, he had a stroke. He went to Bertioga, near Sao Paulo on 2/07/1979. Towards sundown on that day, he drowned in four feet of water, apparently having suffered another stroke while swimming.

On 5/31/1985, a surprise raid by West German police uncovered letters and documents that led police to the Stammers in Brazil. For identification, Mengele's remains were dug up from a cemetery in Embu near Sao Paulo, Brazil on 6/06/1985.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Death by Accident 7 February 1979 at 12:00 noon in Bertioga, Brazil (Drowned after stroke, age 67)
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  • Work : New Career 1936 at 12:00 midnight in Leipzig, Germany (University of Leipzig Medical School)
  • Social : Joined group 1937 (Became Nazi)
  • Social : End a program of study July 1938 (Earned M.D.)
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  • Social : Joined group 1939 (Joined the Waffen SS)
  • Family : Change residence June 1941 (Transfered to Ukranian Front)
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  • Health : Job related injury 1942 at 12:00 midnight in Rostov, Russia (Wounded at Rostov)
  • Work : New Job 3 May 1943 at 12:00 noon in Auschwitz, Poland (Transferred to Auschwitz Concentration Camp)
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  • Health : Accident (Non-fatal) July 1943 (Motorcycle accident)
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  • Work : Lose social status 17 January 1945 (Escaped Auschwitz in advace of Russian troops)
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  • Crime : Arrest June 1945 (Captured by Allies in Saxony)
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  • Social : Institutionalized - prison, hospital June 1945 (Held by Allies)
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  • Social : Deinstitutionalized - prison, hospital September 1945 (Released by Allies)
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  • Social : Return Home August 1948 (Returned to Gunzburg)
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  • Social : Begin Travel 18 April 1949 (Arrived in Italy)
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  • Social : Joined group 1954 (Became an Argentinian citizen)
  • Family : Change residence June 1959 (Moved to Paraguay)
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  • Family : Change residence October 1960 (Moved to Brazil)
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  • Relationship : Marriage 28 July 1939 (First marriage, Irene Schoenbein)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities April 1944 (Son born)
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  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1954 (Irene Schoenbein)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1956 (Second marriage to brother's widow)

Source Notes

B.R. in hand from Steinbrecher.


  • Passions : Criminal Victim : Missing person (Most hunted criminal of WW II)
  • Vocation : Politics : Nazi party (Angel Of Death)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Homicide many at once (400,000 Jews in Auschwitz)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Crime Collection
  • Notable : Famous : Criminal cases (Angel of Death)
  • Vocation : Medical : Physician (Chief medical officer, Auschwitz)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (First of three boys)
  • Family : Childhood : Family noted (Prominent family)
  • Traits : Mind : Education extensive (Medical degree.)
  • Vocation : Education : Researcher (Institute for Racial Purity)
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (Member of SS)
  • Vocation : Military : Combat (In Russian assault)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (Germany to Argentina)
  • Vocation : Miscellaneous : Farmer/ Rancher (Farm work)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Civil/ Political (Identification fraud)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Prison sentence (Three months, ID fraud)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (First 15 years, second 23 years)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (One)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Stroke (Twice)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Accident/Injury (Motorcycle accident)
  • Personal : Death : Unusual (Drowned, stroke while swimming)
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure (One of most feared and hated Nazis)
  • Vocation : Military : Wounded
  • Vocation : Military : POW/ MIA (Captured by Allies)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Other Major diseases (Malaria)
  • Notable : Famous : Notable extremes (Most Wanted for 40 years)