Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Nazi Twins in Brazil

Here's a quote from the January, 2009 Telegraph.Co.Uk. about Dr. Joseph Mengele:
"The steely hearted "Angel of Death", whose mission was to create a master race fit for the Third Reich, was the resident medic at Auschwitz from May 1943 until his flight in the face of the Red Army advance in January 1945.
His task was to carry out experiments to discover by what method of genetic quirk twins were produced – and then to artificially increase the Aryan birthrate for his master, Adolf Hitler.
"Now, a historian claims, Mengele's notorious experiments may have borne fruit.
"For years scientists have failed to discover why as many as one in five pregnancies in a small Brazilian town have resulted in twins – most of them blond haired and blue eyed.
"But residents of Candido Godoi now claim that Mengele made repeated visits there in the early 1960s, posing at first as a vet but then offering medical treatment to the women of the town.
"Shuttling between Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil, he managed to evade justice before his death in 1979, but his dreams of a Nazi master race appeared unfulfilled.
"In a new book, Mengele: the Angel of Death in South America, the Argentine historian Jorge Camarasa, a specialist in the post-war Nazi flight to South America, has painstakingly pieced together the Nazi doctor's mysterious later years."
However, Ursula Matte of the medical genetics unit at Porto Alegre Hospital in Brazil and her colleagues reject any notion that Mengele was responsible for the phenomenon. She says that other factors may explain the phenomenon, especially since the area was settled by German immigrants and there has been a high level of inbreeding.

That aside, it all makes me wonder how many Nazis made it to Brazil or any other South American country toward the end of WW II. Cecil Adams tells us that the true story has never been told. He suggests that thousands of Nazis may have escaped with the help of members of the Catholic Church, Argentina's president Peron and other high placed people. 

Frederick Forsythe wrote a popular novel about a Nazi organization in Brazil, The Odessa Files. In the book the suicide of an elderly German Jew explodes into revelation after revelation of a Mafia-like organization called Odessa. This secret group (the name is an acronym for Organization der ehemaligen SS-Angehörigen, "Organization of Former SS Members") supposedly used stashed war booty and connections in high places to spirit Nazi big shots out of reach of the Allies.

All this and more suggests that the Nazis lost WW II, but they and their descendants are still around.

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