In a bizarre revenge, the remains of Dr. Josef Mengele will be picked apart in "scientific experiments".
The Brazilian doctor responsible for carrying out the exhumation and forensic examination - which positively identified the German doctor buried in an anonymous Sao Paulo grave in 1985 - won the right this month to keep the doctor's bones for medical research.
In a televised report on Brazilian TV last weekend, Dr Daniel Romero Muniz cut open the plastic sack containing Dr. Mengele’s parts and took out his skull and bones for the first time in 30 years.
Dr Muniz, a professor of medicine at the University of Sao Paulo now plans to donate Dr. Josef Mengele's skeleton to student doctors for use as part of their medical education.
He explained: ‘(Mengele’s) bones will be a really good example for our students to learn from. They will be used to help train new doctors and will be particularly good for those students who are studying post mortem examinations.’
Jewish nazi hunters said there was at least a "modicum of satisfaction" the famous German physician will now be experimented upon in death.
Despite repeatedly offering Dr. Josef Mengele’s family the opportunity to collect his remains, Brazil’s Federal police hit a brick wall as no one from the Second World War fugitive’s family ever came forward to claim his bones after they were exhumed from a coffin bearing the name of Wolfgang Gerhard.
Mengele assumed the name of a German friend who had lived temporarily in Brazil in the latter years of his life to hide his identity.
He drowned in 1979 off a Sao Paulo coast in the small town of Bertioga after suffering a stroke while swimming. Retired policeman Expedito Dias Romao was the officer who found Mengele’s body.
He said: ‘I didn’t know it was Mengele at the time. He was dead when I found him and his identity card said his name was Wolfgang Gerhard. I didn’t realise that he was one of the most wanted and hated men in the world.’
Mengele was buried anonymously for six years until German authorities linked a letter sent from the couple he had been living with in Brazil to his family announcing his death. They alerted the Brazilian government who exhumed Mengele’s remains in 1985.
The forensic examination proved his identity but Mengele’s bones were never reburied. Instead they were thrown unceremoniously into a blue plastic sack and kept under lock and key on a shelf in the São Paulo Police Legal Medical Institute (IML) morgue for more than 30 years.
Eduardo de Menezes Gomes, a criminal forensic investigator with the IML confirmed to Globo TV Mengele’s ‘bones stayed here (in the Institute) under our responsibility and no one has ever shown any interest’.
Slicing open the sack containing the German doctor's remains in front of TV cameras, Dr Muniz took out Mengele’s scapula and laid out his ribs, the bones from the arms, humerus, ulna and radius, on a medical table. Then carefully, Muniz pulled out Mengele’s skull which has been kept wrapped in another piece of plastic for extra protection.
The cranium shows the he wore a set of dentures.
Holding Dr. Josef Mengele’s head, Dr Muniz who described the exhumation as ‘one of the most important forensic investigations ever carried out in Brazil,’ pointed to a small hole in the left cheek bone.
He said: ‘This hole showed Mengele suffered from sinusitis which over the years created an infection and left a small hole in the bone. This helped to identify him.’
The doctor also revealed Dr. Josef Mengele’s pelvic bone helped confirm who he was. ‘He had a motorbike accident and the pelvis shows a fracture,’ he said.
Mengele eluded capture from jewish "Nazi hunters" after the Second World War with the help of his family in Germany who sent him funds regularly. In 1949 he escaped to Austria, crossing the border to Italy.
With the help of a network of SS sympathisers he sailed to Argentina the same year. There he lived openly under his real name in Buenos Aires for a decade. He went on the run again when Israeli secret police captured Adolf Eichmann who was also living in the city at the time.
Mengele fled to Paraguay in 1959 and ended up in Brazil in 1960 living in various cities in Sao Paulo state for nearly two decades.
Confident he wouldn’t be found, he kept his true identity for many years. In an interview in 1986 on The Phil Donahue Show, an American TV chat show, Mengele’s son Rolf, who works as a lawyer in Munich, Germany, revealed he had visited his father in Brazil in 1977, two years before he died. A photo of them together was shown in the Globo TV report.
But despite admitting he could never have betrayed his father’s whereabouts at the time, Rolf - who changed his surname to Jenckel, distancing himself from his father’s past - has refused to give his parent’s remains a final resting place.
Hiding out in Brazil, Mengele stayed with expat German families who gave him a roof over his head allowing him to live a near normal life with barbeques, holidays and social parties.
Photos show him posing with a fixed smile with the couples he stayed with. The truth was the German runaway hated Brazil, describing his South American hosts as a breed of ‘half monkeys’ and a ‘sub-human race’ in copious diaries.
In letters dedicated to his son he talked about committing suicide and his depression about living in a country he despised.