The diaries of feared Nazi war criminal Josef Mengele, the so-called “Angel of Death” who carried out gruesome medical experiments on prisoners at Auschwitz, will be auctioned in the United States.
The diaries, written after World War II once Mengele had fled from the Allies to Latin America, contain his philosophical reflections, autobiographical stories and poems penned between 1960 to 1975.
The Connecticut-based Alexander Autographs said Thursday’s auction would include some 3,500 pages of “hidden journals” written by the doctor who terrorized the inmates at Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
The items, mostly small, spiral-bound notebooks, are expected to fetch between $300,000 and $400,000 at auction.
Mengele had fled Europe at the end of the war when Hitler’s Germany was defeated and he was never captured, dying in Brazil in 1979 at the age of 67.
Alexander Autographs, which specializes in historical manuscripts, said the auction would include a “historically important” lot of 31 manuscripts in various forms, including bound journals.
There are also school textbooks bearing the words in Spanish “Cuaderno,” or “Cultura General” or “Agenda classica” on the cover.