THE ANGEL OF DEATH IN PARAGUAY
There is some sort of evidence that proves that the Angel of Death, after having spent a brief period in Argentina together with his Nazi fellow Adolf Eichmann, started travelling northward, first going to Paraguay and than in Brazil, in a small village called Candido Godoi. This is the village that become famous with the name “twin town” (we will find out the origin of the name later on the text). Mengele, as previously said, before fleeing, was working as a scientist and physician in the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. His objective there was that of providing its furer (Adolf Hitler) a scientific method to obtain children carrying traits of the considered dominant race (blu eyed and blond children). These, in fact, where considered characteristics typical of the Aryan race, which, as we know, Nazis used to consider superior to any other. By doing this, he was aiming to increase significantly the Aryan birthrate to satisfy his furer volition. Escaping from justice and globally hunted as a Nazi war criminal, Josef did not stop his experiments. Some says that it was in South America that “finally” Josef got to a real and tangible formula or technique capable of turning his dreams into reality.
His life in Paraguay and Brazil is full of mystery. No one really knows what he did or did not after leaving Europe. There is lack of actual proof that he really kept on conducting chemical experiments on human beings. Although this, some writers and testimonies have provided significant help in trying to solve “Mengele’s case”.
MENGELE IN CANDIDO GODOI (BRAZIL)
Brazil has never been his stable location. Paraguay is the most likely place in which Josef is thought to have spent his last years. At the same time, trips to Brazil’s borders were really frequent. Candido Godoi was his first and main destination, a little village situated in the very south of the country. During the years in which the Angel of Death lived in Paraguay there has been a significant increase in the rate of twins, whose majority tended to be blue eyed and blond haired, in the area of Candido Godoi. Being more specific, around 1950-1955, in Candido Godoi, as Mr Camarasa says in his book Mengele “The Angel of Death in South America”, one out of five pregnancies produced identical twins, always carrying Aryan-like aspect. Camarasa’s book is one of the most reliable testimonies of Mengele’s life in Paraguay and Brazil, containing direct interviews to many of the people living in Candido in the early 50s and 60s. Throughout this book, Josef is described as a nomadic doctor, who never settled down in the village. He was simply used to do random tests going “from house to house” (as Dr. Villa says in the book). Furthermore, there is evidence that Josef, as soon as arrived in Paraguay changed his name into Rudolph Weiss. This is the name he wanted to be called by the people he visited. This might have been done in order to erase everything about his past in Europe, even its name, and to make his capture harder.
The picture shows a community of twins in Candido Godoi in the late 50s. The surprisingly high and uncommon rate of twins is made even more unbelievable by the fact that all twins share light eyes and hair. This fact is really hard to be denied. Such a big “coincidence” would be easier to be explained if Mengele really carried on his experiments in the village.
Before going on, it would be important to clarify what kind of experiments Josef used to carry on young children. Techniques slightly changed from his Auschwitz-period to that in Candido, but both share a common characteristic: inhumanity. In Auschwitz, experiments were very often carried on dead bodies of Jews children. In fact, kids were instantly killed by injections of chloroform straight into their hearths. Once dead, the bodies were dissected nd each piece was meticulously noticed and studied. In Candido techniques changed completely. Women were given mysterious potions and nothing else. Rarely, blood tests were carried on and results were noted on a book he used to have with him.
Hereafter are presented some of the testimonies about Josef Mengele coming from direct interviews of farmers and citizens of Candido Godoi who got to know the physician directly in those years (all reported interviews come from Camarasa’s book, since, as said, is the only actual evidence available).
· “He told us he was a vet. He asked about illnesses we had among our animals, and told us not to worry, he could cure them. He appeared a cultured and dignified man.”
o Aloisi Finkler, a local farmer, affirms that Mengele did not look at all as a war criminal, a terrorist or someone to be scared of. But, on the contrary, he appeared as a man of dignity and culture, good-looking, a nice person who should be welcome and thanked.
· “He went from farm to farm checking the animals. He checked them for TB, and injected those that were infected. He said he could carry out artificial insemination of cows and humans, which we thought impossible as in those days it was unheard of.”
o Another farmer, Leonardo Boufler, is emphasizing the rural side of his horrible job. With his modern techniques of aritificial insemination was able to astonish the farmers and gain their trust. Moreover, he was liked first of all because of the positive effects on their animal, the infected animals of the village.
· “In the testimonies we collected we came across women who were treated by him, he appeared to be some sort of rural medic who went from house to house. He attended women who had varicose veins and gave them a potion which he carried in a bottle, or tablets which he brought with him. Sometimes he carried out dental work, and everyone remembers he used to take blood.”
o Dr da Silva is paying more attention to the procedure Mengele used to follow, such as the paterial he used to bring with him and medication he used to give to the patients
· “Nobody knows for sure exactly what date Mengele arrived in Candido Godoi, but the first twins were born in 1963, the year in which we first hear reports of his presence”
o This last quote comes straight from Camarasa. It is sort of a conclusion to the book. It shows the extreme coincidence that the high rate of twins begun exactly the same year in which Mengele stepped onto Paraguay and visited for the first time Candido Godoi
If all these quotes were proven right, than Mengele would have reached for real a trustable method to obtain the master race his furer has always asked for.