|Nickname||Angel of Death (German: Todesengel)|
|Born||March 16, 1911Expression error: Unrecognized word "march".|
Günzburg, Kingdom of Bavaria
|Died||February 7, 1979 (aged 67)|
Bertioga, São Paulo, Brazil
|Years of service||1938—1945|
|Rank||Hauptsturmführer, SS (Captain)|
|Commands held||Human medical experimentation performed on prisoners at Auschwitz concentration camp, and selection of prisoners to be gassed at Auschwitz|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Iron Cross First Class|
Black Badge for the Wounded
Medal for the Care of the German People
During the first years of World War II Mengele served as a medical officer in the Waffen-SS. After being wounded and recovered in 1942, he went working at the Race and Resettlement Office in Berlin. In 1943 he volunteered for concentration camp Auschwitz.
Mengele wrote a thesis, which he finished in 1936. His advisor was Theodor Mollison. His assumption was that is was possible to determine the race of a human being by looking at the jawbone. He wrote another thesis, in a related area in 1938. In 1960 and 1961, his title was revoked, because of the crimes he had committed in Auschwitz.