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   7.10.2006. 10:52:34

   The Nazis used human fat to make soap during the Second World War
in a medical academy located in what is now the Polish Baltic
sea port city of Gdansk, Polish war crimes prosecutors confirmed

   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 which was run by German
Professor Rudolf Spanner.

   A new laboratory analysis of the soap revealed human fat was one
of its components, spokesperson for IPN Paulina Szumera told Deutsche
Presse-Agentur in a telephone interview.

   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 km from Gdansk.

   The IPN investigation found that the soap in question was used to
clean operating and autopsy rooms.

   The piece of soap was used as evidence in the post-WWII Nuremburg
Trials where prominent German Nazis were prosecuted for crimes against

   At the time, prosecutors lacked the technology to determine
whether the soap contained human tissue.

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