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“Holocaust expert rejects charge that Nazis made soap from Jews”
by Hugh Orgel= Tel Aviv (JTA) -- Professor Yehuda Bauer, head of the Hebrew University's Holocaust history department and regarded as one of the foremost researchers of the Holocaust, has denied the frequently quoted charge that the Nazis used the bodies of Jewish death camp victims to make soap.
The technical possibilities for transforming human fat into soap were not known as that time, Bauer said Sunday at a Holocaust memorial meeting for Yom Hashoah.
"The Nazis did enough horrible things during the Holocaust. We do not have to go on believing untrue stories," Bauer said.= Unsubstantiated rumors about the use of bodies of British soldiers to make soap had circulated during both World War I and World War II, he said.
The legend stated that the initials "RIF" [Reichsstelle Industrielle Fettversorgung] stood for "Pure Jewish Fat".
More on this myth of (dead?) Jews in Auschwitz and other camps being made into soap bars by the SS for their use in personal hygiene, can be found at David Irving’s website, at “Documents on the absurd Allied Propaganda Story that the Nazis turned Jews into Soap,” at: http://www.fpp.co.uk/Auschwitz/docs/soaptale.html, and at: http://www.fpp.co.uk/Auschwitz/docs/soaptale3.html.