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Josef Mengele

1911 - 1979

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Josef Rudolf Mengele ([ˈjoːzɛf ˈmɛŋlə] (listen); 16 March 1911 – 7 February 1979), also known as the Angel of Death (German: Todesengel), was a German Schutzstaffel (SS) officer and physician during World War II. He performed deadly experiments on prisoners at the Auschwitz II (Birkenau) concentration camp, where he was a member of the team of doctors who selected victims to be killed in the gas chambers, and was one of the doctors who administered the gas. With Red Army troops sweeping through German-occupied Poland, Mengele was transferred 280 kilometres (170 mi) from Auschwitz to the Gross-Rosen concentration camp on 17 January 1945, ten days before the arrival of the Soviet forces at Auschwitz. Before the war, Mengele received doctorates in anthropology and medicine, and began a career as a researcher. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Josef Mengele has received more than 17,389,366 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). Josef Mengele is the 6th most popular physician (up from 7th in 2019), the 40th most popular biography from Germany (up from 42nd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular German Physician.

Josef Mengele was a German SS officer and physician in Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. He is most famous for performing human experiments on prisoners and for his role in the selection of prisoners to be sent to the gas chambers.

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Among physicians, Josef Mengele ranks 6 out of 502Before him are Hippocrates, Florence Nightingale, Galen, Paracelsus, and Robert Koch. After him are Edward Jenner, Basil of Caesarea, Andreas Vesalius, Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi, L. L. Zamenhof, and Albert Schweitzer.

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Among people born in 1911, Josef Mengele ranks 2Before him is Ronald Reagan. After him are Baba Vanga, Konstantin Chernenko, Georges Pompidou, Naguib Mahfouz, Juan Manuel Fangio, Emil Cioran, Władysław Szpilman, Nino Rota, William Golding, and Todor Zhivkov. Among people deceased in 1979, Josef Mengele ranks 1After him are Park Chung-hee, John Wayne, Giuseppe Meazza, Talcott Parsons, Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, Nino Rota, Herbert Marcuse, Jean Renoir, Hafizullah Amin, Jean Seberg, and Sándor Kocsis.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Josef Mengele ranks 40 out of 6,142Before him are Robert Schumann (1810), Friedrich Schiller (1759), Erwin Rommel (1891), Hermann Göring (1893), Pope Benedict XVI (1927), and Robert Koch (1843). After him are Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor (912), Alexander von Humboldt (1769), Adolf Eichmann (1906), Felix Mendelssohn (1809), Bernhard Riemann (1826), and Marlene Dietrich (1901).

Among PHYSICIANS In Germany

Among physicians born in Germany, Josef Mengele ranks 2Before him are Robert Koch (1843). After him are Alois Alzheimer (1864), Georgius Agricola (1494), Samuel Hahnemann (1755), Emil Kraepelin (1856), Otto Heinrich Warburg (1883), Franz Mesmer (1734), Gerhard Domagk (1895), Otto Fritz Meyerhof (1884), Theodor Morell (1886), and Werner Forssmann (1904).