What’s in a name? Ask the Many-Named Angel of Light, Lucifer and Angel of Death, Mengeles
Lucifer is a pretty name, actually, meaning “the shining one“, presumably the name God bestowed upon him. Lucifer was initially a beautiful, powerful angel who got a little too big for his britches, boasting he was better than God and getting himself kicked out of the hereafter for it (if you believe such stories). Lucifer lost his angel license and his legal right to wear wings. He became the creature better known as Beelzebub, Mephistopheles, Satan, Angel of Light, Father of all Lies, Prince of Darkness, or just plain old Devil. Lucifer’s names are many and are based in biblical and literary tradition:
Beelzebub – a degrading term meaning “lord of the flies” – the title for Fielding’s war fiction by the same name.
Angel of Light – he appears to make men much like God but he distorts, perverts, or substitutes truths that are vital to salvation.
Father of all Lies – a falsifier of the doctrines of God
Prince of Darkness– a power or force of darkness or shadow
Satan – adversary (hence the term devil’s advocate)
Mephistopheles – demon, named for Faust, a fictional German scholar, who trades his soul to Satan for a life of “worldly pleasures and unlimited knowledge”. Mephisto/Dr. Faustus appeals to the Nazi Party to be spared death due to his association with the Communist Party. Later he discovers he had made a pact with evil (Nazism).
And this brings us squarely to the Angel of Death, Dr. Josef Mengele, prince of the Auschwitz-Birkenau butchery he termed “medical research”. watch night and fog rare holocaust footage Mengele’s mission was to assist Hitler in pro-creating the “ideal” race known as Aryan, meaning “noble”. There are so many metaphorical parallels between Dr. Faust and Dr. Mengele it cannot be a coincidence that Josef was satisfied in his pursuit of life’s leisure pleasures. His quest for success and renown was confined to the realm of academia, quite like that of Faust. Although Mengele enrolled in medical school, his passion was eugenics, the secret of genetics and revealing sources of human deformities and imperfections. Josef’s “political leanings” led him to succumb to Nazi hysteria: it is not surprising that the fictional Mephistopheles doesn’t “trap” innocents into pacts but rather collects souls that are already damned for eternity. Mengele chose cruelty. It certainly did not choose him. watch the Holocaust Nazi concentration camps
Consider the many names of Josef Mengele:
Angel of Death – Mengels exercised the power to send millions of Jews to work inside Auschwitz or straight to their death with the flick of a horse switch. His brutalities against twin children who were used as “medical experiments” further cemented this distinction.
Auschwitz – Mengele wasn’t merely of Auschwitz; survivors and eyewitnesses defined him as Auschwitz. watch shocking footage from auschwitz
Doubler/Doppelganger – In order to function as both a heartless scientist within Auschwitz and to simultaneously fill his role as loving husband and father, it is believed that Mengele underwent a psychological process called doubling: the division of the self into two functioning wholes. Perhaps it was fitting he was obsessed with twins.
Fanatical to the end, Mengele defended his involvement with the Reich and never expressed remorse in his writings. He sought refuge for the remainder of his life and found it in the tiny Brazilian town of Candido Godoi, ironically a town where 1 in 8o pregnancies resulted in identical twins, most of whom were blonde-haired and blue-eyed. It was debated for decades as to whether Mengeles did indeed discover a genetic secret to the reproduction of twins, although this myth was eventually debunked. Watch 3-18 Josef Mengele The Angel of Death. Faust, quite like Mengele, refused to believe in the existence of hell and his place in it, even as he made his pact with the devil. ‘Ay,’ says Mephistopheles, ‘think so still, till experience change thy mind’.
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