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January 25, 2014

After 4 years of blogging and 1107 blog posts, the winner is “the surgeon of Birkenau”

Filed under: Holocaust, movies — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:37 am

I started my blog on February 5, 2010 with my very first blog post, which was about Tadeusz Borowski, a non-Jewish political prisoner at Auschwitz-Birkenau, who wrote a book about the camp, in which he famously told about the soccer games played by the prisoners, as the Jews were marching to their deaths in the Krema III gas chamber.

Since then, I have written a total of 1107 blog posts, and the post that has gotten the most hits is the one about the “surgeon of Birkenau” which you can read at

Why is this blog post so popular?  It must be because it is about the movie entitled The Debt, which seems to be based on the story of Dr. Josef Mengele, the Nazi that everyone loves to hate.

Left to right: Dr. Josef Mengele, Rudold Hoess, and Josef Kramer

Left to right: Dr. Josef Mengele, Rudold Hoess, and Josef Kramer

You can read about Dr. Josef Mengele on my website at

and on this page of my website at

Dr. Mengele made an unforgetable impression on the prisoners at Auchwitz-Birkenau because he was handsome and charming, and he whistled tunes from German opera, as he waved the Jews to the right or to the left, to live or to die.

There are numerous Holocaust survivors, who are still alive today, because Dr. Mengele was too distracted by his whistling to pay attention to the ages of the children that he was waving to the right to live.


  1. He must have also been distracted the Allies who released him without charge shortly after the war

    Comment by DB — January 25, 2014 @ 10:39 am

    • There seems to be two schools of thought on Dr. Mengele. This website has this information:

      Begin quote
      As the Russians advanced towards Poland, and it became clear that the Germans were losing the war on the Eastern Front, many records at Auschwitz-Birkenau were destroyed by the SS guards there. They then disguised themselves in a variety of ways. Mengele became a German infantry soldier as he moved west. As he moved west away from the Russians, he also did work at camps at Gross-Rosen and Matthausen. Mengele was captured as a German infantry soldier near Munich. The Allies released him as there seemed little point in keeping in custody an infantryman. Mengele had managed to disguise himself well. After the war, Mengele managed to avoid arrest by keeping a very low profile. However, by 1948, he decided that his future lay elsewhere and not Germany.
      End quote

      Wikipedia has different information, which you can read at

      Comment by furtherglory — January 25, 2014 @ 11:12 am

      • I used to work in a town called Donauworth near Augsburg and was pleasantly surprised to find that Mengele spent some time there before he left Germany. Also not far from there is the town of Gunzburg where Mengele was born and also where the Mengele family still produce, as far as I am aware, farming equipment

        Comment by DB — January 25, 2014 @ 12:11 pm

        • Hello DB
          Only on a personal note, I had a girl friend in Donauwörth 1949-1953, never worked out, went there usually during the week-ends, perhaps our paths have crossed, but I never came across Dr Mengele!

          Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — January 30, 2014 @ 10:43 pm

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