Is truth stranger than faction? Mengele in South America

by Maskil on January 28, 2009

Those who recall Ira Levin’s best selling 70s novel “The Boys from Brazil” may be forgiven for thinking that the truth really is stranger than fiction.

According to this article in the Telegraph:

His [Mengele’s] 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.

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.

After speaking to the townspeople of Candido Godoi, he is convinced that Mengele continued his genetic experiments with twins – with startling results.

And, Mr Camarasa claims, it was here that soon after the birthrate of twins began to spiral.

“I think Candido Godoi may have been Mengele’s laboratory, where he finally managed to fulfil his dreams of creating a master race of blond haired, blue eyed Aryans,” he said.

Unfortunately Camarasa’s book (Mengele: the Angel of Death in South America) appears to be available only in Spanish at this stage.

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