Dr. Mengele's Diary Up for Auction

'Angel of Death's' diary expected to fetch $80K
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2010 2:29 AM CST
WWII war criminal Dr. Josef Mengele, shown in 1956.   (AP Photo, file)

(Newser) – A diary written by Auschwitz "Angel of Death" Josef Mengele after the war is expected to fetch up to $60,000 at auction in Connecticut. Mengele, who died in Brazil in 1979, filled the diary's 180 pages with his musings on everything from art to women's rights. He occasionally makes reference to his chilling experiments at the death camp, where he became obsessed with twins and with trying to clone perfect Aryans. "I see how right my plans have been all along," the unrepentant Nazi wrote of his past.

The upcoming sale has infuriated Holocaust survivors but the auction house's president says he has no qualms about the sale. "I have no sympathy for these monsters," he tells the Cleveland Leader. "My father's home town was wiped out by the Nazis in a reprisal action. But it is of vital importance that such documents remain available as tangible evidence of the evil deeds of the past."

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