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The following comes from Philip Friedman, _This Was Oswiecim:  The Story
of a Murder Camp_, trans. by Joseph Leftwich (London:  United Jewish
Relief Appeal, 1946):

	"In the early period the Germans ground the bones of the victims,
and threw them into the river; but later they put the bones to use.  From
1943 the Germans broke up the bones and sold them to the German firm
'Strem' for conversion into super-phosphates.  Documents have been found
showing that the 'Strem' firm received 112,600 kilo of human bones.  They
were probably used for soap manufacture.  That was the story that went
about among the people in Poland, where many people refused, for that
reason, to use the German soap which was distributed there.  We have no
evidence, however, that human bones and fat were taken out of Oswiecim,
and used for making soap.  But we have evidence that there was such a soap
factory in Poland.  Terrible evidence about this was given by the Danzig
City President, Kotus-Jankowski, at the Session of the National Council 
held on May 5, 1945.

	'In the Danzig Institute of Hygiene we discovered a soap factory
in which human bodies from the Stutthof Camp near Danzig were used.  We
found 350 bodies there, Poles and Soviet prisoners.  We found a cauldron
with the remains of boiled human flesh, a box of prepared human bones, and
baskets of hands and feet and human skin, with the fat removed.'"

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