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Mengele: The Complete Story [Kindle Edition]

Gerald L. Posner , John Ware , Micheal Berenbaum
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Based on exclusive and unrestricted access to more than 5,000 pages of personal writings and family photos, this definitive biography of German physician and SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer Josef Mengele (1911-1979) probes the personality and motivations of Auschwitz's "Angel of Death." From May 1943 through January 1945, Mengele selected who would be gassed immediately, who would be worked to death, and who would serve as involuntary guinea pigs for his spurious and ghastly human experiments (twins were Mengele's particular obsession). With authority and insight, Mengele examines the entire life of the world's most infamous doctor.

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Well researched and wonderfully free of all the customary fantasy and exaggeration... Fascinating. The New York Review Of Books It's a pity that the official search for him did not match the vigor with which Posner and Ware stalk their subject in print. The San Francisco Chronicle The fullest account yet published... Posner and Ware examine the efforts to bring the doctor to trial, separate fact from legend, account for the false trails that enticed Israeli agents and self-appointed Nazi hunters, and explain why he was never caught. ... Mengele is filled with startling touches. The book is an exciting chronicle of escape, evasion, and close calls. Publishers Weekly [A] welcome addition to the study of the Holocaust... Mengele offers us insight into one of the most infamous perpetrators of the holocaust. -- Michael Berenbaum, director, Sigi Ziering Institute, American Jewish University Students of the Holocaust are fortunate to have this book in print once again. Posner and Ware have aptly titled their book; this is the complete story. The authors bring flair to the telling. It is a riveting tale. The Historian

About the Author

Gerald L. Posner is the bestselling author of Hitler's Children, Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK, and Killing the Dream: James Earl Ray and the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. He lives in New York City. Producer and author John Ware lives in London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1940 KB
  • Print Length: 409 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0815410069
  • Publisher: Cooper Square Press; 1st Cooper Square Press ed edition (8 Aug. 2000)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009D1HNVG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,749 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a brilliant piece of research 4 Sept. 2011
By webber
I must confess, it did take a couple of days for me to get into this book, but bang, once I did it was a "no sleep till it's finished" affair. One other user comments there's not enough about his wartime activities - I couldn't agree more; I also think the ending is a little abrupt - more on the subsequent fallout would have been great, as well as maybe an updated epilogue on what happened next to the many characters involved - rolf mengele, for instance.

Even so, the authors make up for this with a completely thrilling account of his post-war existence, one that is superbly written and immaculately researched. There are so many points of interest and controversy that it's impossible not to be sucked into the intrigue. For instance, I thought the debunking of the Wiesenthal 'myth' was particularly interesting - like many not expertly schooled on the subject, i've always regarded the man as something of a noble crusader. To find him slammed for his constant hot air and fantasy was a surprise, but an educating one. As well, I've been a victim of common misconception - that Mengele was some sort of 'bionic' super villain, always one step ahead of the game, and not unlike the character portrayed in Boys from Brazil etc. (yes, more fool me). To find the opposite held true, and that he was in fact a broken, bitter man is a crumb of comfort for those who would love nothing more than to have seen his head on a stick.

How I hope this book is updated with a detailed epilogue, as well as a little more on his early life and his time at auschwitz. Yet even without this, this historical masterclass sits comfortably among my all time favourite historical books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars useful -with a few reservations. 5 Nov. 2013
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It was a surprise to find that most of this book concentrates on the fugitive existence of Josef Mengele after the collapse of Nazi Germany, and after he had fled Europe. It is less about Mengele himself and his notorious career as a doctor at Auschwitz, than the later attempts to bring him to justice, all of which in the end proved futile.

False leads and political manoeuvres during the South American hunt for Mengele, by Mossad, Simon Wiesenthal, the German government and others, are described at length. This is often interesting, but it doesn't add greatly to our understanding of how Mengele came to do what he did, which is probably the most important question about him.

The Kindle Edition includes some useful 'family photos' of Josef Mengele and his relations. (Their location in the Kindle Edition isn't given and they were hard to find, I discovered them by accident in the chapter "The Man in the Watchtower".)

The authors make use of Mengele's personal journal from some of his later years in S.America. Mengele's thoughts are obviously of importance for a view of his state of mind, and it would have been interesting to read more than the excerpts we are given here.

The authors suggest several times that the fugitive Mengele wanted to disguise his "prominent forehead". This is actually difficult to understand, because the photos here don't appear to indicate a very unusual feature.

Early in the book the authors give some space to outlining the dreadful activities of Mengele at Auschwitz. The facts and details of his cruelties there have been well established. It is regrettable that here the authors also include stories about Mengele which may be true, but which remain unverifiable, and are sometimes hearsay.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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This expertly researched and well written book takes one through Menegle's life from birth in the town of Gunzburg to a well-to-do industrial family, through his years studying medicine, his years as a Nazi, his time in Auschwitz and also his years on the run in South America. No other book has followed both how Mengele escaped from Germany and managed to remain uncaptured despite numerous opportunities to capture 'The Angel Of Death' in such extraordinary detail. If you want to know the truth as to what happened to Mengele right up to the point of his undramatic death in Brazil, this is the book for you. Dispel with the myth and find out about the factual life of Mengele and then decide which is the more extraordinary. Highyl recommended.
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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful
The introduction describes Josef Mengele as the ‘personification of evil’ and after reading accounts of the atrocities he committed as a doctor in Auschwitz I couldn’t agree more. As the most famous doctor at Auschwitz, Mengele has been branded ‘The Angel of Death’ because of his power in deciding who lived and who died. Survivors of Auschwitz have commented how other doctors at Auschwitz used to turn up to selections at the railroads drunk to help them get through the trauma of deciding who would live and who would die. Mengele was never one who had to get drunk beforehand…..he seemed to enjoy the process. So much so that he used to bribe others to let him go to selections if he was off-duty! This is a truly sick individual.
I came away from this book angry that more wasn’t done to co-ordinate the capture of one of the most infamous men of the Holocaust. He died a lonely and angry man totally devoid of guilt for what he had done and in his wake left a son who was relieved when he heard of his death.
The authors of this book have done extensive research into Josef Mengele and his life at Auschwitz and escape to South America where he lived until his death. I can’t imagine there could possibly exist a more comprehensive study of the life and death of Josef Mengele. This is a fascinating and at times deeply disturbing account of the life of one of the most evil men ever to have walked the earth and is a must for
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Published 17 days ago by jonezy
3.0 out of 5 stars a good read of an evil mans life
i bought this after visiting Auschwitz and I wanted to learn more about what went on there, it seems absurd that this monster was allowed to live out his life in south america, it... Read more
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Published 6 months ago by Judy Yuill
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read if you have an interest
Brilliant read very sad they didn't catch him when they had the chance
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I have always had a great interest in the Haulocaust so this was a good book to find and read.Thankyou
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story
I enjoy reading stories about the Germans & the Nazi's but this one is not as good as some other books read on Kindle
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