Today in Latin American History
Remains of Josef Mengele, the “Angel of Death,” were Exhumed in Brazil in 1985
Photo: Josef Mengele
Today in Latin American history, the remains of Josef Mengele, Auschwitz’s “Angel of Death,” were exhumed in Brazil in 1985.
In 1985, the West German police raided Hans Sedlmeier’s house in Günzburg and seized address books, letters, and papers hinting at the grave in Embu.
The remains of a “Wolfgang Gerhard” were exhumed on 6 June 1985 and identified as Mengele’s with high probability by forensic experts from UNICAMP. Rolf Mengele issued a statement saying that he “had no doubt it was the remains of his father”.
Everything was kept quiet “to protect those who knew him in South America”, Rolf said. In 1992, a DNA test confirmed Mengele’s identity. He had evaded capture for 34 years.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, claimant to the defunct Brazilian throne Prince Luís of Orléans-Braganza was born in 1938
- Today in LatAm history, Chilean musician Tom Araya who sings and plays bass in Slayer was born in 1961
- Today in LatAm history, an earthquake caused a mudslide burying the Colombian village of Toez killing 1,100 in 1994
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian authorities arrested 78 people in an illegal Amazon logging ring in 2005