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Human bones found in Berlin associated with Nazi experiments

Photo of Josef Mengele in 1956. Photo taken by a police photographer in Buenos Aires for Mengele's Argentine identification document.

BERLIN, GERMANY. Human bones have been found in an upmarket area of Berlin and are thought to be body parts which were sent to the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Human Heredity and Eugenics by SS doctor Josef Mengele during the Second World War.

Experts have been examining the site in Dahlem since a small number of bones were found there in 2014 during works on a property belonging to Berlin's Free University. Those bones were never identified and consisted of fractured skulls, teeth and vertebrae. Some of the vertebrae had traces of glue on them, indicating they may have been part of skeletons on display. The site where the bones were found is just 100 metres from the Kaiser Wilhelm Soceity which was used as an eugenics institute in the Nazi era. Before then, famous scientists such as Albert Einstein had been among its directors.

However, during the Nazi ear, the Institute was closely linked to pseudo-scientific race research and Auschwitz physician Dr Mengele is known to have sent body parts there for study.

Experts are now working to find out more about the bones, and should be able to determine general age, sex and how many different individuals were involved. Results are not expected until the end of the year. See more of the story at


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