February 17, 2019

Podcast: The U.S. Government’s Hunt for Josef Mengele

Spycast is a podcast created by the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. The podcast is hosted by Dr. Vince Houghton, the museum’s historian and curator.

Josef Mengele (1911-1979) was an SS physician who conducted inhumane medical experiments on prisoners at Auschwitz. He was known as the Angel of Death.” 

In this podcast Dr. Houghton interviews David Kennedy, Curator of Collections and Exhibits at U. S. Marshals Museum, Inc. in Arkansas, David Turk, U.S. Marshals Historian, and Howard Safir, who headed up the Witness Protection Program for the Marshals service.

In the immediate postwar period, Mengele was in US custody but was released because US officials did not know he was wanted as a war criminal. In this podcast, the three people interviewed explain that the United States government — at the request of then Senator Al D’Amato — sought to locate and apprehend Mengele. However, their efforts were unsuccessful.

Mengele died in Brazil in 1979 at the age of 67. Public CIA records show that Senator D’Amato continued searching for Mengele until at least 1985. In 1986, Mengele’s son Rolf Mengele admitted that he had helped to conceal the whereabouts of his father. Then in 1992, Rolf provided a DNA sample that ended up matching the remains that were presumed to be Josef Mengele.

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