The Straits Times
Published on Oct 24, 2012

Auschwitz Mengele photographer dies aged 95


WARSAW (AFP) - Wilhelm Brasse, who as a prisoner at Auschwitz was forced to photograph the experiments of Doctor Josef Mengele, died on Tuesday aged 95.

Brasse's work at the concentration camp also included taking photographs of his fellow inmates for identity cards, resulting in a collection of 39,000 images that survived the war.

He died in Zywiec, southern Poland, Auschwitz-Birkenau museum spokesman Pawel Sawicki told AFP.

With the Soviet Red Army approaching, on Jan 17, 1945, Brasse's Nazi commander ordered him to burn all his negatives, but they turned out to be non-flammable and so were saved.