Offered for sale is an EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL MEDICAL BOOK, SIGNED BY JOSEF MENGELE, WHILE A DOCTOR AT AUSCHWITZ CONCENTRATION CAMP. THIS BOOK WAS BOUGHT FROM THE FAMILY OF A DOCTOR IN NEW YORK WHO GOT IT FROM THE FAMILY OF DR. VERSCHUER, MENGELE’S MENTOR AT THE KAISER WILHELM INSTITUTE FOR RACIAL STUDIES AND COMES WITH FULL MONEY BACK GUARANTEE FOR AUTHENTICITY. Original ink signature of Joseph Mengele and original rubber stamp of the ‘K.L. Auschwitz’ ( Auschwitz concentration camp) on the inner front cover. We offer a full money back guarantee for the authenticity.
This 1932 published hardcover book once stood in the medical library of one of the most horrible places in history: the medical research facilities at KL Auschwitz II (KL = Konzentrationslager or concentration camp). This was where ‘Dr.’ Josef Mengele reigned. Mengele often inspected and selected new arrivals at Auschwitz, determining who was fit for work and who was to be killed immediately. He always searched for twins and people with abnormities such as dwarfs for his experiments on humans. Mengele’s experiments included attempts to change eye color by injecting chemicals into children’s eyes, various amputations of limbs, and other surgeries but his favorite were experiments on twin children. After an experiment was over, the twins were usually killed and their bodies dissected. This book, entitled ‘Die Morphologie der Missbildungen des Menschen und der Tiere’ (a book on deformations caused by hereditary of humans and in the animal kingdom), was published in 1932 and is not only signed by Mengele on the inner front cover but also bears a stamp ‘K.L. Auschwitz’ as well as another stamp from the ‘Kaiser Wilhelm Institut fuer Anthropologie und menschliche Erblehre’, together with another signature of probably someone in Mengele’s inner professional circle. In 1943, Mengele returned to Germany and began work at that institute. In April of 1943 he was promoted to SS Captain and soon after he was transferred to Auschwitz concentration camp. Mengele and other members of the medical staff of the camp were responsible for ‘selections’ of prisoners, determining who would be kept alive for slave labor, who would get killed immediately and who would be suitable for horrible experiments.
Mengele, with his mentor Otmar von Verschuer, performed lethal and agonizing yet under the Nazis legitimate experiments using twins as test subjects, preferably using Jewish and Gypsy children for tests. Mengele sent all the results of his experiments to Dr. von Verschuer at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute and it took two trucks to carry all his ‘findings’. Verschuer destroyed them and so the full extent of what Mengele did at Auschwitz will never be known.
This book was part of a small collection of Mengele owned books that he used while at Auschwitz that Otmar von Verschuer kept and took home after the war. When he died his family found them and sold them to a Jewish doctor in New York who was collecting camp related material. This doctor died in 1990 and our consignor bought this Mengele signed book, together with two more. This is the only one that is left for sale.
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