The blond twins of Mengele

Twins occur normally once in every 80 pregnancies. Here, however, one in five pregnancies typically results in twins – 20% of the population, most with blond hair and blue eyes. Welcome to the Brazilian town of Candido Godoi (Rio Grande do Sul, South Brazil) – the so-called “twin capital of the world.”
A recent book entitled “Mengele: the Angel of Death in South America” by the Argentine historian Jorge Camarasa, a specialist in the Nazi post-war flight to South America, claims that this abnormally high frequency of twins may be due to the Nazi doctor, Josef Mengele. During the Second World War, Mengele was the SS doctor in Auschwitz-Birkenau and carried out genetic experiments for the production of twins in an attempt to create a master race for Hitler. He is believed to be responsible for 400,000 deaths in medical experiments in Auschwitz. In 1949, he fled to South America, settling first in Argentina then moving to Paraguay and finally to Brazil. He lived in Brazil for 18 years until his death in 1979. He was buried in Embu das Artes in the state of Sao Paolo.
Mengele visited the small town of Candido Godoi various times in the 1950s and 1960s. Candido Godoi may have been Mengele’s laboratory where he worked on creating his Aryan master race (as dramatized in the 1978 movie The Boys from Brazil).
In Gabriele Galimberti’s report on Candido Godoi, he interviewed Jorge Camarasa as well as many sets of twins. He also interviewed people that met the Nazi doctor personally, telling him that Mengele gave medical attention to several women, followed their pregnancies, and treated them with new types of drugs and preparations. The greatest majority of twins were born after 1952, the year when Mengele was first reported to have visited the town.


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  • Joao Paolo and Joana Vittoria

    Joao Paolo and Joana Vittoria

    Joao Paolo and Joana Vittoria Grimm 2 and a half years old on their couch at home. The Grimm family has the second highest number of twin sets in town

    Joao Paolo and Joana Vittoria

  • Taiana and her daughters

    Taiana and her daughters

    Taiana Lermen 28 years old with her two daughters Kiara and Yasmina. They were born the 24th December 2008. Taiana and her daughters are in the kitchen of their little house in San Pedro on the outskirts of Candido Godoi. Taiana and her husband are farmers; they have 11 fields of soy and 11 cows

    Taiana and her daughters

  • Vanderey and Valdecir

    Vanderey and Valdecir

    Vanderey and Valdecir Jose Jung 31 years old horse trainers. They are both married and each has two children.

    Vanderey and Valdecir

  • Maira and Maiara Kotowsky

    Maira and Maiara Kotowsky

    Maira and Maiara Kotowsky 12 years old of Polish origin. They are leaning on their father s car. Their father Adair is a soy and dairy farmer. Maira wants to be a model Maiara wants to study computer science.

    Maira and Maiara Kotowsky

  • Francine and Francielle

    Francine and Francielle

    Francine Daiana e Francielle Daiana Seibt 17 years old. They study food chemistry. Their mother Rosely Naumann belongs to the family with the third highest number of twin sets in Candido Godoi

    Francine and Francielle

  • Dayana Danielle and Denise

    Dayana Danielle and Denise

    Dayana Danielle and Denise 11 years old. They are known in Candido Godoi like the trigemeas. Dayana and Danielle are identical twins while Denise is their fraternal triplet.

    Dayana Danielle and Denise

  • Giovane and Gean

    Giovane and Gean

    Giovane and Gean Theisen 16 years old in Campinas with their motorbike. Their parents are a musician and a teacher. Giovane is studying to be a pharmacist and Gean studies computer science

    Giovane and Gean

  • Marcio and Macrelo

    Marcio and Macrelo

    Marcio and Macrelo Royer 26 years old both supporters of the International of Porto Alegre standing in their corn fields. Mar?elo is a farmer and Mar?io works in the only factory of Candido Godoi a factory that produces agricultural equipment

    Marcio and Macrelo

  • Darles and Darlene

    Darles and Darlene

    Darles and Darlene Wolkneis 10 years old in the garden of the school of San Pedro in Candido Godoi. Their mother is a teacher at the same school and their father is a farmer.

    Darles and Darlene

  • Elisiane and Eliane

    Elisiane and Eliane

    Elisiane and Eliane Nunes 23 years old. They are both housewives and each has 2 children

    Elisiane and Eliane

  • Kitana and Tauhana

    Kitana and Tauhana

    Kitana and Tauhana Lunkes 5 years old on their couch at home. Their mother Eloisa is an housewife and their father is a farmer. Their family holds the town record with 20 sets of twins in the family

    Kitana and Tauhana

  • Fernanda Joung

    Fernanda Joung

    Fernanda Joung 4 years old. She is in her garden holding a picture of her little brothers Karl and Otto 8 months old

    Fernanda Joung

  • Cristina

    Cristina

    Cristina 54 years old. She is in her garden holding a picture of her daughters Maria and Marisa who are away at university

    Cristina

  • Leonardo Boufler

    Leonardo Boufler

    Leonardo Boufler 85 years old. He met Josef Mengele in Candido Godoi and remembers that Mengele claimed to be a veterinarian. Mengele vaccinated and treated his cows promising that their fertility would be increased

    Leonardo Boufler

  • Irineu Thofsetz

    Irineu Thofsetz

    Irineu Thofsetz 57 years old. He has worked with cows for his whole life and has many sets of twin cows. He never met Mengele but he remembers his father telling him about a really good German veterinarian who came in the 60 to treat their cows

    Irineu Thofsetz

  • Arlino Roque Spies

    Arlino Roque Spies

    Arlino Roque Spies 70 years old in front of his home. He remembers a German veterinary who organised a meeting in the 60 with all the farmers of the valley to discuss genetic and artificial insemination promising to increase the fertility of cattle

    Arlino Roque Spies

  • Mengele here lived during his period in Candido Godoi.

    Mengele here lived during his period in Candido Godoi.

    This home belonged to Wilson Schwertner; Mengele here lived during his period in Candido Godoi.

    Mengele here lived during his period in Candido Godoi.

  • The room where Mengele slept during his period in Candido Godoi

    The room where Mengele slept during his period in Candido Godoi

    The room where Mengele slept during his period in Candido Godoi

    The room where Mengele slept during his period in Candido Godoi