Forensic Scientists Say Bones From Brazilian Grave Are Those of Nazi 'Angel of Death' Josef Mengele

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Source:
NBC Nightly News
Creator:
Roger Mudd/Dennis Murphy
Event Date:
06/21/1985
Air/Publish Date:
06/21/1985
Resource Type:
Video News Report
Copyright:
NBCUniversal Media, LLC.
Copyright Date:
1985
Clip Length:
00:02:21

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In 1985, U.S. forensic scientists working with authorities in Brazil confirm that remains exhumed from a grave in Brazil are those of fugitive Nazi fugitive Josef Mengele, known at Auschwitz as the "Angel of Death." Positive I.D. is made by measuring and analyzing bones and matching teeth in a skull to Mengele's German dental records.

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"Forensic Scientists Say Bones From Brazilian Grave Are Those of Nazi 'Angel of Death' Josef Mengele ." Dennis Murphy, correspondent. NBC Nightly News. NBCUniversal Media. 21 June 1985. NBC Learn. Web. 18 January 2015.

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Murphy, D. (Reporter), & Mudd, R. (Anchor). (1985, June 21). Forensic Scientists Say Bones From Brazilian Grave Are Those of Nazi 'Angel of Death' Josef Mengele . [Television series episode]. NBC Nightly News. Retrieved from https://archives.nbclearn.com/portal/site/k-12/browse/?cuecard=47692

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"Forensic Scientists Say Bones From Brazilian Grave Are Those of Nazi 'Angel of Death' Josef Mengele " NBC Nightly News, New York, NY: NBC Universal, 06/21/1985. Accessed Sun Jan 18 2015 from NBC Learn: https://archives.nbclearn.com/portal/site/k-12/browse/?cuecard=47692

Transcript

Forensic Scientists Say Bones From Brazilian Grave Are Those of Nazi 'Angel of Death' Josef Mengele

ROGER MUDD, anchor:

Medical experts in Brazil said today they were reasonably certain that the bones they have been examining are indeed those of Joseph Mengele, the Nazi Angel of Death, but the Israeli Justice Ministry said it is not yet convinced beyond a reasonable doubt and will keep Mengele’s file open until it has studied the full report of the forensic experts in Brazil. Dennis Murphy was in Sao Paolo today when they announced their findings.

DENNIS MURPHY, reporting:

After two weeks of study, the doctors and investigators were convinced…

DR. LOWELL LEVINE: …that this skeleton, is that of Joseph Mengele, within a reasonable scientific certainty.

MURPHY: The clinical evidence indicated overwhelmingly that the body found in a Brazilian grave was the infamous Nazi. Old fillings in the teeth matched Mengele’s German dental records, the age and height of the skeleton fit, too. And there were signs of a bone disease, which Mengele suffered from. And there were also chilling photos produced by the West Germans: the skull, superimposed over the photos of the suspected Mengele, the man in Brazil. It all matched.

DR. ELLIS KERLEY, anthropologist: I am completely convinced that this is Joseph Mengele.

MURPHY: The American forensics experts say the odds would be astronomical that the bones could be anyone but Mengele’s.

LEVINE: Those are the bones of Joseph Mengele. I think they can let the ghost, you know, go to rest and go after the rest of them.

MURPHY: Mengele’s Brazilian maid said today that he was a good man. What’s known is that Mengele lived in solitude in various houses around Brazil for eighteen years, before drowning off this beach in 1979. He was sixty-eight. Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal believes now that Mengele is dead.

SIMON WIESENTHAL: He was punished because he was a hundred-fifty percent Nazi. He was punished – he knows the Germans lose the war, his ideal, Hitler commits suicide, the Jews survive, a Jewish state was created and he must live under such circumstances. This was, for him, a bigger punishment than – I don’t know – life in a jail.

MURPHY: Three months from now when someone says, “I saw Joseph Mengele in Paraguay”?

LEVINE: Answer: nonsense. You think you saw Joseph Mengele in Paraguay. I identified Joseph Mengele in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

MURPHY: And he’s dead…

LEVINE. And he’s dead.

MURPHY: Brazilian authorities say the Mengele family can come now and claim the remains. Dennis Murphy, NBC News, Sao Paolo, Brazil.