The bodies of murdered Jews were used by the Germans for soap and fertilizer.

This is what I was told growing up.  It was an accepted fact.

Well — Not true.  Gitta Sereny, has a footnote on p. 141 of Into That Darkness: An Examination of Conscience, where she states:

[T]he universally accepted story that the corpses were used to make soap and fertilizer is finally refuted by the generally very reliable Ludwigsburg Central Authority for Investigation into Nazi Crimes.   The Authority has found after considerable research that only one experiment was made, with “a few corpses from a concentration camp.  When it proved impractical the idea was apparently abandoned.”

Doesn’t that make you feel better?


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