A mysterious village is known for the highest rate of twin births in the world. It is believed that this place was created by Adolf Hitler’s genetic genius Josef Mengele.
Welcome to the mysterious village of Candido Godoi.
Dr Mengele, dubbed the “Angel of Death”, fled after the end of World War 2 to South America having committed nightmarish experiments on living inmates in Nazi concentration camps – with a particular obsession on how twins come about.
For years he escaped justice, protected by Nazi sympathisers, before drowning in mysterious circumstances in 1979.
The doctor was also fascinated with genetically creating the ideal human and killed thousands with his twisted tests.
But a historian and journalist, who spent years investigating Dr Mengele’s covert life in South America, claims he has left a lasting legacy in the village of Candido Godoi.
Jorge Camarasa, who died suddenly in a friend’s house in March last year, claims that in the early 1960s, at the same time Mengele began to make regular visits to the Brazilian town of Cândido Godói, the number of twins there began to skyrocket.
Today the isolated community, home to just 6,000 people, has a twin rate nearly 1,000 percent higher than the global average.
Many are blond haired and blue eyed or northern European looking in a nation where most are hispanic.
Mr Camarasa said: “I think Candido Godoi may have been Mengele’s laboratory, where he finally managed to fulfil his dreams of creating a master race of blond haired, blue eyed Aryans.
“There is testimony that he attended women, followed their pregnancies, treated them with new types of drugs and preparations, that he talked of artificial insemination in human beings, and that he continued working with animals, proclaiming that he was capable of getting cows to produce male twins.”
Residents themselves are split, but someone resembling the Nazi doctor was seen in the 1960s.