Center dispatched noted forensic detective in 1985 to
positively identify remains of Dr. Mengele
May 16, 2014
The Simon Wiesenthal Center mourns the passing of Dr. Clyde
Snow, the renowned forensic anthropologist, who in his long career helped to
identify the remains of Argentina’s “Disappeared” and the victims of the
Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. In 1985,
he led a team of scientific experts who, on behalf of the Wiesenthal Center,
went to Brazil to identify with certainty the remains of Nazi war criminal
Josef Mengele, the “Angel of Death”. Dr.
Snow’s methodology influenced the identification of victims of such genocides
in Bosnia and Rwanda.
“Dr Snow’s soft-spoken, genial persona belied a powerful
commitment to service to human rights and historic truth and his profound
humanity helped the Wiesenthal Center to reassure Holocaust survivors and the
world, that the infamous “Angel of Death” had actually died in Brazil in 1979,”
said Rabbi Marvin Hier, Founder and Dean of the Wiesenthal Center, and Rabbi
Abraham Cooper, the Center’s Associate Dean.
“The Wiesenthal Center and human rights campaigners
everywhere have lost an ally and good friend,” the rabbis added. “We send our
deepest condolences to Dr. Snow’s family,” they concluded.
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