But to the inmates of Auschwitz, Josef Mengele — his real name - was known as the Angel of Death, responsible for up to , deaths in sickening medical experiments. Some of the twins of Candido Godoi. For years this speculation — and others, such as whether it was something mysterious in the water —were considered possibilities. Now, however, scientists say they have found the truth. Ursula Matte, a geneticist in Porto Alegre, Brazil, said a series of DNA tests conducted on about 30 families since found that a specific gene appears those mothers in Candido Godoi who have borne twins.
The phenomenon is compounded by a high level of inbreeding among the population, which is composed almost entirely of German-speaking immigrants, she said. The death camp butchers: She was the first scientist to document, in a study published in the s, that the rate of twin births in the town was unusually high.
Children behind a barbed wire fence at at Auschwitz, where Mengele killed up to , Escape: Mengele's Argentinian immigration reads the name of Helmut Gregor. In Candido Godoi, he was known as Rudolf Weiss and kept his identity tightly under wraps Soon lots of theories began to appear and none were more interesting than that possibility that Mengele was somehow involved.
There he carried out sickening medical experiments that caused the death of up to , mainly Jewish inmates. Mengele's experiments included attempts to change eye colour by injecting chemicals into children's eyes, performing sterilisation and shock treatments. But he was particularly fascinated by twins.
As part a bid to create a master race for Adolf Hitler he carried out genetic experiments to find the key to producing twins. The aim was to artificially increase the Aryan birthrate. In he fled the advancing Red Army and made his way to South America. It is there that the medic, who is believed to have been responsible for up to , deaths in medical experiments at Auschwitz, may have succeeded in his mission.
It was thought that Mengele's fascination with pregnant women there may have been to blame. He was never captured. The German doctor, who evaded capture his entire life, had moved around southern Brazil in the s at about the time the births were thought to have really taken off.
While studying the baptism certificates, they found a high rate of inbreeding as there were few women that did not have twins within a first-degree relation. Advertisement Share or comment on this article: Brzilian twins mystery solved: