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JOSEPH MENGELE
(1911 - ca. 1980) Nazi "doctor" who plied his trade at Auschwitz, he was the most brutal and detestable of all the camp doctors. It was Mengele's decision as to whether camp inmates would be used as forced labor or sent directly to the gas chambers, and he as well performed hideous experiments on inmates, especially twins. After the war, Mengele fled to Argentina where he avoided capture until his death. Extremely rare and revealing page full of pencil drawings in Mengele's hand, some captioned, undertaken while he was in hiding in South America, ca. 1970. Among the sketches is a four-legged hideously-toothed beast at upper-right, a smiling cyclops, a car shown between two collapsing buildings, a Lutheran priest complaining about taxes, a small house in a suburban setting with a lederhosen-clad figure at one side, and a Napoleon-like figure with a sword in hand declaring: "Dem Volke". Most alarming is Mengele's image of a group of seated figures with one standing before them captioned in German: "He who works long lives long", a phrase reminiscent of the notorious signs that greeted arriving concentration camp inmates: "Arbeit macht frei [Work makes one free]" Drawings accomplished on a 4to sheet of thin typing paper, light folds, else fine condition.
Estimate $ 7,000-9,000

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