Dr Robert Jay Lifton THE NAZI DOCTORS:
                        Medical Killing and the
                            Psychology of Genocide ©
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Dr. Auschwitz" Josef Mengele  
[physi…] cally, and then rapidly and visibly as a corpse. That metamorphosis will inevitably over time take hold in the minds of survivors and others.

Mengele’s many-sidedness in Auschwitz was both part of his legend and a source of his desacralization. In the camp he could be a visionary ideologue, an efficiently murderous functionary, a “scientist” and even a “professor,” an innovator in several areas, a diligent careerist (like Dorf), and, above all, a physician who became a murderer. He reveals himself as a man and not a demon, a man whose multifaceted harmony with Auschwitz can give us insight into — and make us pause before the human capacity to convert healing into killing.  
Medical Killing and the
Psychology of Genocide

Robert J. Lifton
ISBN 0-465-09094
© 1986
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