Among these was a fascination with heterochromia, a condition in which the irises of an individual's eyes differ in coloration. It was a life-threatening condition. Herta Oberhauser killed children with oil and evipan injections, removed their limbs and vital organs, rubbed ground glass and sawdust into wounds.
Last Edited: Apr 2, Glossary Terms Critical Thinking Questions What pressures and motivations existed in medicine during the Nazi era that might have made Mengele's activities and choices possible? His condition forced him to drop out leaving him time and more time for his studies.
Mengele was also a merciless critic of culture. AP Countless children were victims of Josef Mengele's medical experiments at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Although Mengele was initially registered under his own name, he was not identified as being on the major war criminal list due to the disorganization of the Allies regarding the distribution of wanted lists, and the fact that he did not have the usual SS blood group tattoo.
It is believed that Mengele had worked with twins under Verschuer at the University of Frankfurt. It is known that he had a special pathology lab where he performed autopsies on twins who had died from experiments.
One could serve as a control while the other endured the experiments. The full extent of his gruesome work will never be know because the records he sent to his mentor, Von Vershuer, were destroyed accidentally.
They knew that his kindness was merely a distraction. Every doctor in his part of the camp was required to take a turn as the selection officer — dividing incoming shipments between those who were to work and those who were to be immediately gassed — and many found the work depressing. The association is partially explained by his postwar notoriety.