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Friday, September 26, 2008

Collapse of Human values


Mossad men located Mengele - infamous for conducting horrific medical experiments on inmates - living in a Buenos Aires apartment with his wife. But they decided that trying to nab him would risk sabotaging the capture of Eichmann, whom they deemed more important.
When you have one operation, you're taking a certain level of risk. If you're doing a second operation at the same time, you double the risk...not only for the second operation but for the first one as well. At the Auschwitz death camp, Mengele was one of those responsible for the selection of incoming prisoners, choosing who was fit for slave labor and who would be sent to their deaths in the gas chambers. He also carried out cruel medical experiments on children, twins and dwarves. He would tell little children to sit on his lap and tell them to call him 'uncle,' 'uncle Mengele' and sometimes give them a sweet - and in the same tone of voice that he said 'I'm uncle Mengele,' he would tell the officials to give them a lethal injection. After the war Mengele fled Germany under an assumed name and ended up in Argentina, a popular refuge for many senior Nazi officials. Historian Avner Shalev, chairman of Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial authority, said bringing Mengele to justice would have had great symbolic and educational value.
As a doctor, Mengele represented the extent of the collapse of the human values built by Western society over the years, Shalev said. There would have been a universal message that would have benefited the world if Mengele had been put on trial.

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