Nazi Doc Linked to Brazil Twin Record

Historian believes Mengele continued quest to create master race
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2009 5:10 AM CST
This 1956 file photo shows Josef Mengele, an infamous Nazi doctor at the Auschwitz death camp who carried out horrific medical experiments on prisoners. He was never captured and died in 1979.   (AP Photo, file)
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(Newser) – Nazi "Angel of Death" Dr. Josef Mengele may have continued his mission to create a master race after World War II in a small Brazilian town, the Daily Telegraph reports. A historian probing the sadistic Auschwitz doctor's post-war life in Latin America has linked him to the mysteriously high birth rate of blond, blue-eyed twins in a settlement just over the border from Mengele's former Paraguay hideout.

One in 80 pregnancies usually results in twins, but the rate in Candido Godoi spiraled to one in five soon after a man now believed to have been Mengele posing as an itinerant medic began treating the town's women for medical complaints. Townspeople testify that Mengele—whom Hitler tasked with finding a way to boost the Aryan birthrate by  manipulating the genetic quirks that produce twins—followed the pregnancies of the town's women and treated them with new kinds of drugs and preparations, the historian says.