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Mengele was educated in a Germany permeated by this thinking. At Munich University, he earned his Ph.D. under the tutelage of Professor T. Mollinson, an expert in the field of “racial hygiene”. Later, he studied with Baron von Verschuer enforcing the Race Law. It was Professor von Verschuer who appointed Mengele an assistant physician even before he had finished his degree. Later, the same academic world that educated Mengele would fund the lab at Auschwitz in which the SS physician performed his cruel experiments. And it was the academic institutions of Germany that received “specimens”, body parts of people killed by Mengele, for their own research.

None of this excuses Mengele. It does demonstrate that he didn’t spring fully formed from his own imagination. He was a product of his times, the logical expression of ideas that were broadly accepted in German legal and medical circles in the 1920s and 30s. Mengele’s hundreds of thousands of victims are the final, terrible result.

As the screenplay for After the Truth has defense attorney Peter Rohm saying during his closing argument, “The road to Auschwitz isn’t so long, as long as you take it one step at a time.”

Given the ongoing debate about Planned Parenthood and the defenses many are making for their practices of harvesting organs and body parts from the unborn, this film offers viewers a chance to see where we are along that road. And a chance to look in the mirror and see what we, as a nation, can see in ourselves. Is it a pretty picture?