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Mengele Monsters are supposed to be fictitious They are supposed to be something that only appear in nightmares and fairy tails Unfortunately sometimes these monsters take on a very real human face This was the case with Dr Josef Mengle also known as the Angel of Death In the essay What Made This Man Mengele by Robert Jay Lifton and in an excerpt from Bruno Bettelheims essay The Ignored Lesson of Anne Frank we get some insight into what made Mengele the monster that he was Lifton talks about Mengele in great detail especially his almost psychotic fascination with research on twins Mengele is described as a very methodical practitioner of all of his duties His personality is characterized as dual An inmate doctor characterized him as the double man who had all the human feelings pity and so on but also had in his psyche an impenetrable indestructible cell which is obedience and received order This description of a gentle man is exemplified by the almost father like way he treated the twins in his captivity The methodical monster side is best shown by a case of a set of male twins who showed a symptom of tuberculosis When the inmate doctors reported that they couldnt find the disease Mengele took the twins in another room shot them in the neck and proceeded to examine their organs only to come to the same conclusion Even though the two boys were amongst his favorite captives he had no trouble or afterthought in killing them Another trait was Mengeles schizoid tendencies He was paranoid about cleanliness Inmate doctors had to air out hospital wards prior to his inspection and people were sent to their deaths for having blemishes or scars In short Mengle was a schizophrenic with a dual personality disorder In an excerpt from The Ignored Lesson of Ann Frank Bettelheim describes of Mengeles characteristics He talks about how Mengele took extreme precautions during
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