Chapter 14: Employee of the Month: Dr. Mengele

Dr. Joseph Mengele

In a number of documents only recently discovered exists a letter in which Bayer Sales Director Wilhelm Mann praised famous Nazi Dr. Joseph Mengele's experiments and promised to discuss financing from the company. "I have enclosed the first check," Mann wrote. "Dr. Mengeles experiments should, as we both agreed, be pursued. Heil Hitler!" Mengele wrote this to his bosses at Bayer headquarters;

"I have thrown myself into my work wholeheartedly, especially as I have the opportunity to test our new preparations. I feel like I am in paradise." (63)

The Kaiser Wilhelm Institute, 1912

Mengele's other employer during the war? The Kaiser Wilhelm Institute (KWI), controlled by the Rockefellers. (64) At Auschwitz and the KWI, Mengele oversaw thousands of deaths - sometimes all in one day. His numerous horrific experiments with dwarfs and twins other victims of "experiments" and "murder" are well documented. I shall quote from a particularly vivid passage;

One of the few existing documents that cover Mengele's time at Auschwitz is a paper he signed to accompany the head of a twelve-year-old Gypsy boy. On several occasions the head of a patient with noma (gangrenous face infection) was removed and sent to the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute. (65)

Mengele wasn't the only Nazi doctor to participate in genocide - there were thousands. But Mengele was the most famous. Something to think about, the next time you reach for that Bayer Aspirin.


(63) "Headaches for Bayer"

(64) "Death in the Air," pp. 357-358, see also "Emerging Viruses" p. 346

(65) "The Last Nazi - the Life and Times of Dr. Joseph Mengele," Gerald Astor, 1985, p. 101

Dr. Karl Clauberg

"Civilian Dr. Karl Clauberg, a professor of gynecology in East Prussia and an author of a number of scientific books and treatises, furnished not only a laboratory for research but a profit center as well. He struck a deal with I.G. Farbenindustrie to test their pharmaceuticals on inmates of Auschwitz in exchange for which the company agreed to pay him goodly sums of money for each project." The "Last" Nazi - Gerald Astor, Paperjacks, 1986, p. 120

"Clauberg theorized that a substance called caladium sequinum could sterilize both sexes and contracted to buy 150 women from the SS. The Nazi's delivered a group of Jewish women from Holland.

Anne Frank - A young jewish woman from Holland.

They were led off a few minutes after debarking from the train, surrounded by whip weilding guards and snapping dogs.

Arrival and selection of Hungarian Jews at Auschwitz, 1944
Gutman, Yisrael and Michael Berenbaum. Anatomy of the Auschwitz Death Camp. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 1994. p. 357l

A not too cheerful Christmas party at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute, 1936.
Showing from the right Fritz Strassmann, Les Cook and Erbacker (the Institute's Nazi gauleiter)

Nazi Dr. Joseph Mengele gained notoriety for conducting a series of medical experiments on human guinea pigs - concentration camp prisoners. (

Auschwitz Survivor Says Pharmaceutical Giant Aided Nazis

Holocaust survivor Eva Kor is determined to find out who was behind the medical experiments to which she was subjected in Auschwitz during World War II. (

For example: One of the SS doctors at Auschwitz, Dr. Helmut Vetter, a longtime Bayer employee, was involved in the testing of Bayer experimental vaccines and medicines on inmates. He was later executed for giving inmates fatal injections.

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