Other than Adolf Hitler, Josef Mengele may be the only figure from National-Socialist Germany targeted for demonization with an entire major motion-picture while he was still alive and at large. The Boys from Brazil in 1978, based on Ira Levin’s 1976 novel, portrays a “Josef Mengele” that is pure, crude caricature.
worst of the accusations against Mengele is not that he carried out
absurd pseudo-medical experiments, but that he was responsible for
indicating who at Auschwitz would be gassed. The number typically
attributed to him is 300-400 thousand.
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