Josef Mengele was the physician in charge of medical experimentation at the Nazis'notorious Auschwitz concentration camp. He would stand next to the rail cars as theydisembarked loads of
, whistling opera arias as he selected the people upon whomhe would perform his ghastly experiments.These unfortunate souls would be submerged in freezing water until they died in order to testhuman endurance in cold climates. Women would have their breasts cut off (without expensiveanesthesia) for dissection and examination. And many people with brown eyes would have bluedye injected into their corneas as Mengele attempted to "Aryanize" them.After the war, Mengele, known as the "Angel of Death," entered Argentina in 1949 with aRed Cross passport. Since his medical experience had become largely irrelevant, he began to pursue a line of work that perfectly suited his temperament, job experience and sense of ethics.He became an abortionist.After he killed a young Buenos Aires woman, he was hauled before a judge, but apparentlygot off scot-free when an associate bribed the Court with a large sum of money.
The infamous "Angel of Death" was not the only Nazi murderer to find a safe haven as anabortionist after World War II.Former Nazi and SS officer Vilis Kruze put his wartime skills to work performing abortionsfor Kaiser Permanente in Ohio and Hawaii. He was convicted in connection with botching anabortion on a 19-year old "exotic dancer" who committed suicide a few days later.Kruze had some very strange habits, even for an abortionist. He locked his femalesecretaries in closets and made them urinate into bottles while at their desks. Ohio authoritieseventually sent Kruze to prison, then committed him to a hospital for the criminally insane.Kruze also gave drugs to young girls in exchange for sex, and, after he was released from themental hospital, the brother of one of these girls tracked him down and killed him in revenge.
Nathaniel C. Nash. "Mengele an Abortionist, Argentine Files Suggest."
New York Times
, February 11, 1992, page A10. See a detailed description of Mengele's life and crimeson Court TV's Crime Library.
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