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Unused brown soap bar with jagged top imprinted RIF 0367

Object | Accession Number: 1988.150.1

Bar of soap issued for sale in the store of the grandfather of Frank Skopec by the German Authority for Civilian Supplies in 1945. He had a shop in the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia which was annexed by Germany in fall 1938. It was rumored that it was made from human fat. However, this was not the case. A soap bar from this collection. 1989.264.1, was sent for laboratory analysis. The lab tests indicated that the soap contained no fatty acids, human or otherwise. It is composed primarily of a substance similar to micah or pumice and also includes traces of barium sulfate. Lab scientists compared it to a "mechanic's soap" and said that it contained no form of human remains.

Date
approximately 1944-before 1945 May  (received)
Geography
distribution : Zabreh (Sumperk, Czech Republic)
Object Type
Soap (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ana and Frank Skopec in memory of Karel Zlámal
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:08:27
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