- The listing sought €199 for the bar of soap reportedly made from ‘fat’
- It was claimed victims of the Westerbork concentration camp in Holland
- The Nazis are believed to have experimented with the soap during the war
- SS leader Heinrich Himmler is reported to have stopped the experiments
Dutch prosecutors have blocked the sale of a bar of soap which its owners claimed was made from the fat of Jewish people murdered at a Nazi death camp.
The owner attempted to sell the soap on the internet auction site eBay for €199 (£143). But as soon as the item went live, moderators removed it from sale.
Rumours – apparently started by the British – that the Nazis were mass-producing soap using the bodies of concentration camp victims first surfaced in the middle of the war.
Although the mass production claim was almost certainly untrue, there is evidence that it had happened on a small scale at least during the early stages of World War II.
The Nazis are known to have plundered human bodies for products, with hair used to make felt and insulation for example.
However, the German scientists who were believed to have experimented with making soap from human fat had almost certainly been stopped by SS-chief Heinrich Himmler who had ordered an investigation into the claims on November 20, 1942.
Historian Arthur Haraf said the soap was one of a number of items found near the Dutch concentration camp Westerbork, from which Dutch Jews were sent to extermination camps.
Haraf said: ‘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.’
Jewish organisations responded angrily at the news of the Dutch vendor. Spokesperson for the Dutch Jewish organisation CIDI, Ron Eisenman, said: ‘It is saddening and disgusting to find out that there are people interested in gaining money from the Holocaust.’
Historian Joel Stoffels also saw an advert last week selling Holocaust items and was shocked. He said: ‘I was amazed to see it. All of these objects are supposed to be displayed in a respectable way and now they are being displayed as merchandise.’
The Chairman of the Centre for Jewish Debate, Jaap Fransman, also expressed his anger at the news, saying: ‘The selling of these accessories and objects is not just distasteful but also crazy.’
6 March 2015
Webmaster note: Does it seem odd to anyone else that “historian” Joel Stoffels believes that fakes and frauds should be “displayed in a respectable way” as long as they promote phony Holocaust claims?