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1985: Exhumation of Nazi Josef Mengele’s Corpse

1985: Exhumation of Nazi Josef Mengele’s Corpse
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  • Historical event:
  • 6 June 1985
  • The exhumed skull was analyzed and compared with Mengele’s photographs. In 1992, a DNA analysis was also made and confirmed the previous conclusion. An interesting fact is that Mengele managed to survive in hiding and avoid arrest for as many as 34 years after World War II.

On this day the corpse of the Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, also referred to as the “Angel of Death” or “White Angel”, was exhumed in Brazil.

Mengele was one of the most wanted Nazi criminals due to his role in the Holocaust (he was a doctor at Auschwitz, where he conducted terrifying experiments on prisoners). After the war, he managed to escape to South America and was never found or caught. He died swimming at a beach on Brazil’s Atlantic coast.

He was buried in the Brazilian town of Embu das Artes, near São Paulo. The West German police, after a search of an apartment in Bavaria, managed to get information about Mengele’s grave some six years after this took place. The body was exhumed on this fay. It was forensically processed and it was determined that there is a high probability that it was indeed Josef Mengele.

The exhumed skull was analyzed and compared with Mengele’s photographs. In 1992, a DNA analysis was also made and confirmed the previous conclusion. An interesting fact is that Mengele managed to survive in hiding and avoid arrest for as many as 34 years after World War II.

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