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Source: Mail & Guardian Online, http://www.mg.co.za/
October 6, 2006

Tests show that Nazis used human remains to make soap

Warsaw, Poland
06 October 2006 04:41

The Nazis used human fat to make soap during World War II in a Nazi German
medical academy located in what is now the Polish Baltic sea port city of
Gdansk, Polish war crimes prosecutors confirmed on Friday, pointing to new
laboratory tests.

Officials with Poland's Institute for National Remembrance (IPN) based their
findings on a laboratory analysis of a piece of soap found in 1945 in the
medical academy in Gdansk run by Nazi German Professor Rudolf Spanner.
 
A new laboratory analysis of the soap revealed human fat was one of its
components, spokesperson for the Gdansk branch of the IPN, Paulina Szumera,
told Deutsche Presse-Agentur in a telephone interview on Friday.

Commissioned by the IPN, Professor Andrzej Stolyhwo of the Warsaw Agricultural
University found human tissue in the soap.

The piece of soap was used as evidence in the post-WWII Nuremburg Trials where
prominent German Nazis were prosecuted for crimes against humanity. At the
time, prosecutors lacked the technology to determine whether the soap contained
human tissue.

Human remains used to make the soap were believed to have been brought from
Kaliningrad, Bydgoszcz and the Stutthof Nazi German concentration camp located
about 30 from Gdansk.

The IPN investigation found that the soap in question produced by Professor
Spanner was used to clean operating and autopsy rooms. -- Sapa-dpa


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