Wiesenthal Center Mourns Passing of Dr. Clyde Snow

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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The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).