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Dutch police order tests on soap possibly made with remains of Holocaust victims during WWII

Dutch police have sent two pieces of soap purportedly dating back to World War II for forensic tests to establish if they contain human remains — possibly of Jews murdered in the Holocaust.

Police in the northern town of Dokkum said in a statement Friday that they are investigating the attempted sale of the soap online. The military memorabilia collector who had put them up for sale has turned them over to police.

Police say that based on the seller's description "it could be deduced that it may be soap made in World War II concentration camps that could contain remains of dead Jews."

Scholars largely dismiss as myth rumors that the Nazis had any program to make soap from the bodies of Jews during the war.