Perhaps the most notorious war criminal of all time, Josef Mengele was the embodiment of bloodless efficiency and passionate devotion to Nazism. His story is the subject of Mengele: Unmasking the Angel of Death, a definitive new biography by former Museum Director David G. Marwell, who was tasked with uncovering Mengele’s fate while he worked at the U.S. Justice Department in the 1980s.
Marwell’s book describes Mengele’s training and early promise as a scientist; his wartime service in combat and at Auschwitz; and his postwar refuge in Germany and South America. It chronicles the international search for Mengele in 1985 that ended in a cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the dogged forensic investigation that eventually confirmed his death.
Join the Museum for a program exploring Mengele’s story. Marwell will be in conversation with Andrew Nagorski, an award-winning journalist and author of The Nazi Hunters and 1941: The Year Germany Lost the War.
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