|Dr. Auschwitz" Josef Mengele
] cally, and then rapidly and visibly as a
corpse. That metamorphosis will inevitably over time take hold in the minds of
survivors and others.
Mengeles 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.