Auschwitz to Rwanda: the link between science, colonialism and genocide

Heike Becker, University of the Western Cape

When the Soviet army liberated the Auschwitz death camp on 27 January 1945, among the prisoners left behind were a number of young twins. The surviving children and many more who had died were the subject of disturbing human experiments by Josef Mengele, a physician known as the "Angel of Death".

About 3,000 twins were selected from an estimated 1.3 million people who arrived at Auschwitz for Mengele's deadly "scientific" experiments. Only...

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