Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Great moments in Carter History #73: Meeting Dr. Mengele

Auschwitz Commandant Richard Baer (left) and Dr. Josef Mengele (second from left) meet with Jimmy Carter to pursue a peaceful final solution to the Jewish question in Europe.

Many criticized Carter's decision to meet with Dr. Josef Mengele in 1943. Carter, however, defended his actions. "I think it is absolutely crucial that in the final and dreamed-about and prayed-for peace agreement for Europe that the Gestapo be involved and that the SS will be involved," Carter told a Zyklon-B conference outside Auschwitz.

Carter aims to get Mengele to agree to a "peaceful resolution of differences, both with the Jews and also with Catholics, Gypsies and Gays."

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