A bar of soap allegedly made from the fat of Jewish Holocaust survivors has been pulled from eBay. The owner of the soap attempted to sell the item for a high amount of money on the internet auction website, but moderators quickly yanked it from the listing.
Dutch prosecutors have now blocked the bar of soap allegedly made from the fat of Jewish Holocaust survivors held captive at a Nazi concentration camp from being put up for sale. The unidentified Dutch antique dealer reportedly turned himself in to police for questioning after the eBay auction of the soap was cancelled. The man also reportedly gave the law enforcement officials two additional bars of soap to be tested for the presence of human remains.
Arthur Haraf, a historian, stated that the soap the man claimed was made from the fat of Jewish Holocaust victims was one of multiple items found near camp Westerbork. The Nazi camp housed Dutch Jews during World War II. Westerbork was a concentration camp in Hooghalen, which is located in the northeastern Netherlands.
Additional items found at the site include toothbrushes, glasses, and dentures.
“This is a terrible act and against the law. Whatever is found near the concentration camp and belongs to the events of World War II automatically becomes property of the Westerbork Memorial Museum,” Arthur Haraf added.
During World War II, rumors, which allegedly were started by unnamed British individuals, claimed that Adolf Hitler and the Nazis were making soap from the dead bodies of Jewish citizens held at the German death camps.
Mass production of soap made from the fat of Holocaust victims is not believed to have ever occurred. However, there is reportedly evidence that at least “small scale” soap making from human remains did indeed happen at the Nazi concentration camps.
Nazi SS official Heinrich Himmler is believed to have halted the practice of German scientists making soap from the fat of the remains of Jewish prisoners during the fall of 1942.
Jewish organizations were both shocked and angered by the attempted sale of the Holocaust era soap made from human remains.
“It is saddening and disgusting to find out that there are people interested in gaining money from the Holocaust. We can only watch and hope that collectors will use healthy logic and will not participate in these things,” said Ron Eisenman, of the Dutch Jewish organization CIDI.
Testing for human remains in the bars of soap allegedly made from the fat of Jewish Holocaust victims remains ongoing.
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