Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 3 months ago

Why was Josef Mengele given the nickname 'the Angel of Death?'?

I don't understand why they would call him an Angel. Does the Angel bit have something to do with his looks?

7 Answers

  • 3 months ago

    The Greek word "angelos" means "messenger". The Angel of Death was the Messenger announcing death.

    Mengele was mentioned often by survivors of the camps as the officer who inspected the hordes of new arrivals off the transports at Auschwitz, standing on the station platform and indicating "left' or "right" for each man, woman and child: one direction sent them to the gas chambers, the other to forced labour.

    When not sending people to their deaths he conducted hideous and unscientific experiments on pairs of twins, with no regard whatever for their suffering and eventual deaths.

  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    Back then the Angel of Death was another name for The Grim Reaper and was identified with Satan. Mengele was evil and the Jews identified him with the devil.

  • Tina
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    Jerome if you 'don't understand[why Mengele] is vilified' then presumably you approve of his experiments on Romani children - he was particularly interested in twins:

    "The experiments he performed on twins included unnecessary amputation of limbs, intentionally infecting one twin with typhus or some other disease, and transfusing the blood of one twin into the other. Many of the victims died while undergoing these procedures,[51] and those who survived the experiments were sometimes killed and their bodies dissected once Mengele had no further use for them.[52] Nyiszli recalled one occasion on which Mengele personally killed fourteen twins in one night by injecting their hearts with chloroform.[32] If one twin died from disease, he would kill the other twin to allow comparative post-mortem reports to be produced for research purposes."

    And: "Witness Vera Alexander described how Mengele sewed two Romani twins together, back to back, in a crude attempt to create conjoined twins;[51] both children died of gangrene after several days of suffering."

    Still don't understand?

    And no, experiments in the US like the Tuskegee Syphilis Study are certainly not seen as a heroic legacy - Bill Clinton made a formal apology to the victims of the study in 1987.

    Jerome - who are 'romanticised' for committing similar evil acts? Again, you are not making sense.

    You also appear to have missed the fact that Mengele was particularly interested in peforming his experiments on *Romani* children.

    And by the way, I think you mean 'scum' of the earth...

  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    I just don't understand how he is VILLIFIED. But all the experiments exercised on black Americans that produce results are men of heroic "legacies"........🤔

    Here you go Tina....AGAIN.

    I see the whole picture not just the part that's fed and highlighted.

    You can't VILIFY one kind of human and romanticize another kind FOR DOING THE SAME EVIL ACT in different "times" for different reasons to different peoples. NO MATTER HOW YOU WORD IT.......👁️



    Got it......damn.🤔

    If Germans are the scowl of the earth for doing whatever they did to Jews?

    How is everyone else Angels or at the very least "innocent" of their doings to blacks since antiquity?

    Because we are cursed, animals, WHATEVER doesn't cut it anymore.

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  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    Angel does not mean angelic looking. Lucifer is an angel, better known as Satan. The Angel of Death refers to the Passover -  when God sent Azrael, the Angel of Death, to kill the first born of the Egyptians. Ironically in this the last plague of the Pharaohs, the Israelites were spared. It is thought that whenever Mengele turned up more people would die in his experiments or in the gas chambers.

  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    Dr. Mengele was nicknamed the “Angel of Death” by the prisoners because he had the face of an angel, yet he callously made selections for the gas chambers at Birkenau. He was nice to the children in the camp, yet he experimented on them as though they were laboratory rats. He volunteered to do the selections at Birkenau, even when it wasn’t his turn, because he wanted to find subjects for his medical research on genetic conditions and hereditary diseases, which he had already begun before the war. He particularly wanted to find twins for the research that he had started before he was posted to Birkenau.

  • mokrie
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    No. You can easily google his photo. The angel of death kills. 

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