Cândido Godói, a small town in Brazil, has long astonished the world with its very abnormally high level of birth rates for twins. The rate is nearly a thousand percent higher than the global average. The 80 households in a one-square-mile area have reportedly some 38 pairs of twins. Blond, blue-eyed twins.
National Geographic Explorer is looking at claims that Nazi scientist Joseph Mengele, who escaped to Brazil, continued his research into using twins as a way to build a perfect Aryan master race. One historian thinks Mengele succeeded, and this town is the proof.
“During the early 60s, something very curious happened at Cândido Godói. An explosion in the birth of twins. There is no reasonable, convincing explanation for what’s happened. At the same moment and in the exact same place, there were sightings of Dr Joseph Mengele. ”
In a new book, Mengele: the Angel of Death in South America, the Argentine historian Jorge Camarasa, a specialist in the post-war Nazi flight to South America, has painstakingly pieced together the Nazi doctor’s mysterious later years.
He is convinced that Mengele continued his genetic experiments with twins – with startling results. He claims that Mengele found refuge in the German enclave of Colonias Unidas, Paraguay, and from there, in 1963, began to make regular trips to another predominantly German community just over the border in Brazil – the farming community of Cândido Godói. And, Mr Camaras claims, it was here that soon after the birthrate of twins began to spiral. “I think Cândido Godói may have been Mengele’s laboratory, where he finally managed to fulfill his dreams of creating a master race of blond haired, blue eyed Aryans,” he said. “There is testimony that he attended women, followed their pregnancies, treated them with new types of drugs and preparations, that he talked of artificial insemination in human beings, and that he continued working with animals, proclaiming that he was capable of getting cows to produce male twins.”
A former mayor and town doctor, Anencia Flores da Silva, after interviewing hundreds of people, discovered one character who crept on cropping up: an itinerant medic calling himself Rudolph Weiss. Dr da Silva said:
“In the testimonies we collected we came across women who were treated by him, he appeared to be some sort of rural medic who went from house to house. He attended women who had varicose veins and gave them a potion which he carried in a bottle, or tablets which he brought with him. Sometimes he carried out dental work, and everyone remembers he used to take blood.”