May I ask my dear reader whether
he or she recognizes any of the following names:
Fritz Klein, Heinz Thilo, Bruno Kitt, Erwin von Helmersen, Werner Rohde, Hellmuth Vetter,
Horst Schumann, Carl Clauberg, Hans Wilhelm König,
Franz Lucas, Alfred Trzebinski,
Siegfried Schwela, Franz von Bodmann, Kurt Uhlenbroock,
Wirths, Hans Münch, Johann Paul Kremer, Horst Fischer, Friedrich Entress?
Unless you’re an expert in the field, you probably have no clue who these people are.
The only name I would recognize, if I were to turn off my expert knowledge, is Clauberg,
and that only because that was the name of my high-school art teacher (first name unknown).
All the men listed above were at some point or other SS physicians at the
infamous Auschwitz Camp.
I omitted one name from the list, and that for a good reason,
because that name would give it all away:
SS officers at Auschwitz. From left to right: Richard Baer,
Josef Mengele, Josef Kramer, Rudolf Höss
(From the so-called Höcker Album, USHMM
Why is it that we all
recognize this one name, but have no idea about all the others? And with
I am not just referring to any of us. This all also includes Auschwitz survivors. If we read
or listen to the many testimonies of the thousands of Auschwitz survivors, there seems to
have been only one evil person in that entire huge camp: Josef Mengele. Almost every
survivor mentions him as an evil SS doctor sending people either to the gas chambers or
subjecting them to some cruel, senseless, torturous experiments. Just as Auschwitz has
become the symbol for the Holocaust in general, so does Mengele symbolize the
evil of Auschwitz. They are synonymous.
Why is that so?
Most of the above-listed individuals
were arrested after the war at some point and either
committed suicide while
incarcerated or were sentenced to death or to extended prison terms.
escaped. He was never caught. In 1985, years after his death in 1979 in his
exile, however, his former whereabouts were revealed, his remains
exhumed and identified.
Mengele wasn’t the only
Auschwitz physician who managed to escape, though. Hans Wilhelm König
even better than Mengele. König disappeared without leaving a trace.
no one has ever heard that name, or have you?
We get an idea what the basis of the “Mengele Myth” is if we listen to one of the
most-determined Nazi hunters of the world, the Israeli Efraim Zuroff. While hunting
for Josef Mengele during the 1980s, he stumbled upon the remarkable fact that survivors
immediately after the war did not describe Mengele as the same evil criminal as he was
portrayed in the 1980s or even later. Sifting through newsletters published right after
the war by and for “survivors,” he came across the (false) news that Mengele had been
arrested in early 1947. On that occasion, survivor newsletters asked their readers for
incriminating testimonies against Mengele, and such testimonies were then even published.
But, as Zuroff summarizes:
content of these articles proved quite surprising because they clearly indicated
that the Mengele
of 1985, who had become a symbol of evil and the personification
of the perversion of science,
did not enjoy the same notoriety in 1947. […Zuroff noted]
was not considered a very high-ranking criminal [in 1947], nor was his
regarded as an event of exceptional significance. […] This notice
was, in effect,
the first indication that the status of the infamous ‘Angel of Death’ had
by leaps and bounds over the years. […Mengele was], in a certain sense,
same person who was simultaneously hunted for in South America.”
Of course, memories are more accurate a short time after an alleged event than decades
so the image survivors had of Mengele in 1947 was most certainly more
accurate as well.
In 1986, shortly
after the hunt for Mengele had been over, the Czech-German historian
wrote these memorable lines about how Mengele had become the center of
of the Holocaust Industry:
the fortieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and after the ‘Mengele Tribunal’
had been staged on occasion of that anniversary in Jerusalem, the search for Mengele
intensified drastically. The reward leading to his capture was increased by the
of the German state of Hesse from 40,000 to one million deutschmarks,
and the reward finally
reached the staggering height of ten million deutschmarks due
to private donations. Along with
the intensified search for Mengele, the media’s
interest in the case escalated as well.
The ‘Angel of Death of Auschwitz’ offered perfect
opportunities for an incessant
flood of sensational news, and increasingly cruel and
shocking crimes committed by Mengele were
revealed with reference to witnesses.
The mass murderer Mengele turned into the evil incarnate
as such, the outright
superhuman demon, as Robert Lifton writes.”
Zofka’s aim with his paper was an attempt
to “correct the image of Josef Mengele, which
has been distorted and exorbitantly
exaggerated by the sensational media.” He admits that,
when trying to assess
the crimes allegedly committed by Mengele, there is basically no
evidence to rely on, and that relying on witness accounts in such an
of hysteria is problematic, to say the least. He continuous by stating:
“All too often, it is impossible to be sure that their [the witnesses’]
recollections really refer
to Mengele at all. It is all too often possible to
show that Mengele has been confused with
other SS physicians. Almost all the
inmates state that they were selected by Mengele on
the ramp [to be sent to the
gas chamber]. But camp physicians performed the selections
in shifts; Mengele
performed no more selections than any of the others.” (ibid., p. 246)
This underscores the point I made earlier.
When assessing Mengele’s purported crimes, we have to distinguish
three different sets:
- Selecting inmates for the
- Experiments with twins.
- Random medical experiments.
Let’s discuss all three of them here briefly, with reference to further
reading for those who
want to learn more. Let’s start with the last one
first, because it can be dealt with rather swiftly.
Random Medical Experiments
There is “eyewitness” testimony galore about utterly senseless, cruel experiments
allegedly performed by Mengele, like changing eye colors by injecting dye into an eye,
transplanting limbs and organs to random places in the body, and other nonsense. While
studying hundreds of “survivor” testimonies, I’ve come across a good share
insults to the intellect, so insulting, indeed, that I will not waste
my time listing them here.
Google the net, and you’ll stumble across these
Halloweenish horror stories all over the
place. People evidently like to gawk
at guts and gore, so the survivors, protected from
scrutiny by their aura of
sainthood, cater to that need. Interestingly, the alleged victims of
quite frequently the very witnesses telling these tales, show no signs
of these cruel procedures. And it goes without saying that there is not the slightest
proof for any of it: no documents, no autopsies, no medical examination on survivors proving it. Nothing.
It’s all a pack of lies, sweet and simple.
alleged cruel experiments Mengele is said to have performed with twins deported to
were so lethal that most of the twins he had enrolled in his research not only
the war, but were even able to form an association in 1984, toward the peak of
Mengele hysteria, which was meant to lobby for their and their descendants’ interests:
Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiment Survivors (CANDLES). Read and
rethink the association’s name: How can deadly lab experiments have any survivors?
In fact, as Italian historian Carlo Mattogno has shown in his paper on Mengele’s
 there are three facts which clearly prove that Mengele did not commit any crimes on those twins:
- All the surviving paperwork
clearly shows that his research was limited to anthropological
- and behavioral studies,
but did not include any surgical or other intrusive procedures.
- All the twins enlisted for
his research were enrolled in that program for months on end, with none of them ever dying.
of those involved – the twins as well as Mengele’s inmate assistants – survived Auschwitz and the war.
Separately, think of that: Children
are not supposed to have gotten beyond the camp’s
railway ramp. Since they
were obviously unfit for labor, the Holocaust orthodoxy has it that
sent to the gas chamber straight away, but that’s evidently not
not just with Mengele’s twin children, but in general.
For the long list of twins and children at Auschwitz who survived the camp, see Mattogno’s
Which brings me to the final point: The selections at the railway ramps
near the Auschwitz Camp
and (later) inside the Auschwitz-Birkenau Camp. There
can be no doubt that these selections
took place. They happened at Auschwitz,
and they happened at other German wartime
camps as well. They were usually performed
by physicians, and it is safe to say that Mengele,
as one of the many Auschwitz
physicians, was ordered to do them as well.
But what were they about? Did those in charge, Mengele among them,
who got to live and who was to die in the gas?
To answer this question comprehensively would require the analysis of tens of thousands
of documents that survived the war. I’m not going to do this here, most importantly because
there is no need to reinvent the wheel. Others have done that already, and I’ll point
reader to them.
The issue boils down to two questions:
- Are there any documents indicating
that homicidal gas chambers existed at Auschwitz?
- What do the documents reveal about the purpose
of selection(s) made?
Regarding a., let me quote from an article published in late 2016 in the conservative mainstream
periodical Taki’s Magazine. It was written by Jewish activist David Cole, who in the 1990s
was dabbling for a while in Auschwitz research. In this Taki article, Cole, who believes
other aspects of the orthodox Holocaust narrative, explains why he has
problems with Auschwitz:
Auschwitz. Yes, here’s where we still have a problem. […] there are genuine
problems with what is commonly claimed to be part 3 [of the Holocaust]—that in
1943 Auschwitz-Birkenau was ‘renovated’ to become an ultra-super be-all end-all
facility. To me, the evidence just isn’t there, and the evidence that does
that claim into question. […Orthodox historians] backed themselves into a
by putting Auschwitz, with its phony, postwar tourist-attraction ‘gas chamber’
its complete lack of documentary evidence supporting a killing program, front and
the heart of the Holocaust. They’re in so deep at this point that they can’t back off.
It’s surprisingly easy to get the leading lights of anti-denial to admit
as much one-on-one.
Rick Eaton has been the senior researcher at the Simon Wiesenthal Center
for thirty years.
He’s as major a player in the fight against Holocaust denial as anyone
on earth. Two
years ago, I corresponded with him (under a pseudonym, of course… he’d
directly with the likes of me!) regarding the Auschwitz problem. I explained my
to him, that Auschwitz, having various ‘issues’ that call the credibility
claims into question, should not be used to represent the Holocaust. He agreed
Keep in mind that even though I was
using a pseudonym, I was not falsely claiming to
be anyone of note. In other words, Eaton made
that admission to a complete nobody,
a total stranger. One gets the feeling that many of these
experts are secretly longing
for the day when they can be open about the ‘Auschwitz problem’
and move past it […].”
Fact is that challenging the orthodox Auschwitz – and Mengele – narrative is a crime in
many countries, and in those countries where it is not, doing so will still turn challengers
into social pariahs. Hence, you won’t hear a word from any mainstream scholar about
the fact that “the evidence just isn’t there.” When scientists have to act
under the threat
of legal or professional penalty, we can neither trust them
nor their research results.
that remains are the studies of those who don’t bend to the pressure; who literally risk
loss of life, limb and liberty when publishing their iconoclastic research results. I may point
out two of those studies which can give the reader a good overview as to why we have an
1. The Real Case of Auschwitz by the already-mentioned Carlo Mattogno. This thick
volume of some 750 pages thoroughly discusses all the relevant documentary
on those buildings which are said to have contained homicidal gas chambers.
This is the
main foundation upon which Cole based his conclusion that the evidence
for the existence
of homicidal gas chambers at Auschwitz “just isn’t
there,” and that “the evidence that does exist
calls that claim into
2. The Chemistry of Auschwitz, by, well, myself. This 440-page book summarizes the
documentary situation succinctly (which saves
you having to read the 750 pages of the
first book mentioned) and forensically
evaluates various kinds of material evidence of the
purported crime scene.
There are many more studies that could be
listed, but the interested reader
can learn about them when perusing the two
works just mentioned.
of all these studies is quite simply that there cannot have been any homicidal
chambers at Auschwitz. The forensic and documentary evidence positively refutes even
possibility of their existence.
brings us to Point b. If the selections where not designed to send people to the gas
what purpose did they serve? Well, if a camp received hundreds of inmates
one swoop, what was the SS supposed to do? Just let those deportees walk in and do
they pleased? Some kind of admission procedure had to be in place where it was
figured out which deportee was to be lodged in which building in which part of the camp, or
who of them will even be sent to another camp. Such an admission procedure happens in
every prison and camp in every country. That wasn’t any different at Auschwitz. Having
physicians involved to assess the health of incoming deportees makes sense, too. A detailed
analysis of the surviving documentation clearly shows in this regard as well that
there was nothing sinister or unusual about those selections at Auschwitz.
Cover art for an upcoming study of the testimonies of one of
witnesses propping up the orthodox Auschwitz narrative.
But what about all those witnesses? Well, if we look into witnesses who testified about their
experiences with Dr. Mengele right at the end of the war, before memories got corrupted
by the Mengele hysteria starting at the late 1970s/early 1980s, there is really only one witness
saying anything of substance: the Jewish physician Miklos Nyiszli from Hungary, who for
several months of his incarceration at Auschwitz was the assistant of Dr. Mengele, if we are
to believe him.
late German mainstream historian and expert of Third Reich history Prof. Dr. Werner Maser
said about Nyiszli simply that he “lied excessively.” He didn’t justify this harsh assessment,
however, because that would
have required citing the writings of heretics, which Maser didn’t
to do to prevent getting himself in trouble (so he admitted to me). In his above-quoted paper
on Mengele, Mattogno gave a brief summary of the main reasons why Nyiszli was indeed an
imposter and excessive liar. The reader interested in a thorough, 300-page critique of Nyiszli’s
various tall tales in English will have to wait until later this year, though, when a study
dedicated to this key
witness is slated to appear.
A drawing of a prisoner showing Dr. Wirths, garrison physician at Auschwitz between September
1942 and early 1945, as a knight in shining uniform battling against lice infestation and thus typhus
Mengele is special, so special, indeed, that this is the only
uncommon German last name my
English spell checker doesn’t complain about.
Like blitzkrieg and Auschwitz, this term
has become a fixed part of the English
language. What a proud legacy of a reviled
In Mengele’s case, however, it is safe
to say that this isn’t his fault. As Wikipedia writes
the one book that was most influential in cementing the Mengele hysteria:
[Mengele, Josef’s son], who had not seen his father since the ski holiday in 1956,
him there [in São Paulo, Brazil] in 1977 and found an unrepentant Nazi who
he had never personally harmed anyone and had only done his duty.”
Mengele was a deputy of the Auschwitz garrison physician Dr. Eduard Wirths.
in turn, was celebrated by hundreds of Auschwitz inmates as a hero, as
the “Angel of Auschwitz”
saving the lives of tens of thousands of
them with his selfless efforts to improve their lot and
to battle the epidemics
reaping a gruesome harvest at Auschwitz. Mengele was Wirths’s
right-hand man – in the battle to save as many
lives as possible of those whom the
authorities of the Third Reich had recklessly
and irresponsibly deported to Auschwitz.
Mengele was not just innocent of the crimes he is accused of. Together with Eduard Wirths
and the other physicians at Auschwitz, his tireless efforts saved the lives of ten thousands of inmates.
| ||See the list of all known Auschwitz SS personnel at https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_im_KZ_Auschwitz. |
| ||For the orthodoxy’s story, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josef_Mengele. |
| ||E. Zuroff, Occupation Nazi-Hunter: The Continuing Search for the Perpetrators of the Holocaust,
KTAV, Hoboken, N.J., 1994, pp. 127f. |
| ||Zdenek Zofka, “Der KZ-Arzt Mengele zur Typologie eines NS-Verbrechers,” in: Vierteljahrshefte
für Zeitgeschichte, Vol. 34, No. 2 (1986) pp. 245-267, here p. 245f.; www.ifz-muenchen.de/heftarchiv/1986_2.pdf. |
| ||Carlo Mattogno, “Dr. Mengele’s ‘Medical Experiments’ on Twins in the Birkenau
Gypsy Camp,” Inconvenient History, Vol. 5, No. 4 (2013); http://codoh.com/library/document/3223. |
| ||David Cole, “OY VEY! Denial Is Dead,” Taki’s Magazine, Sept. 29, 2016;
| ||Carlo Mattogno: The Real Case for Auschwitz: Robert van Pelt’s Evidence from the Irving
Trial Critically Reviewed, 2nd ed., Castle Hill Publishers, Uckfield, 2015; www.holocausthandbooks.com/dl/22-trcfa.pdf. |
| ||Germar Rudolf, The Chemistry of Auschwitz: The Technology and Toxicology of Zyklon B and the
Gas Chambers. A Crime-Scene Investigation, Castle Hill Publishers, Uckfield 2017; www.holocausthandbooks.com/?page_id=2. |
| ||See C. Mattogno, Healthcare in Auschwitz: Medical Care and Special Treatment of Registered Inmates,
Castle Hill Publishers, Uckfield 2016; www.holocausthandbooks.com/dl/33-hia.pdf. |
| ||Werner Maser, Fälschung, Dichtung und Wahrheit über Hitler und Stalin, Olzog,
Munich 2004, p. 348. |
| ||Carlo Mattogno, Miklos Nyiszli, An Auschwitz Doctor’s Eyewitness Account: The Tall Tales
of Dr. Mengele’s Assistant Analyzed, Castle Hill Publishers, Uckfield, in translation; www.holocausthandbooks.com/?page_id=37; an older, shorter study is available only in Italian: C. Mattogno, “Medico ad Auschwitz”: Anatomia di un
falso, Edizioni La Sfinge, Parma 1988. |
| ||Gerald L. Posner, John Ware, Mengele: The Complete Story, McGraw-Hill, New York 1986, pp.
2, 279. |
| || |
See Christoph M. Wieland, “Eduard Wirths, M.D., Garrison physician of Auschwitz –
a Key Witness to the Holocaust!?,” in: C. Mattogno, Healthcare in Auschwitz, op. cit. (Note 9), pp.