Many #myths appeared after the #Holocaust, describing events that never took place. While many of these tales have been debunked, there are some myths that persist in popular culture. One such #myth is that lampshades, wallets, and purses were manufactured using human skin during #WWII.
There is no conclusive evidence to support the claim.
A potential basis for the rumor is that the tattooed skin of deceased concentration camp prisoners was harvested for a Ph.D. dissertation by SS medic Erich Wagner. There is no reliable evidence to confirm that the harvested skin was used for any other purpose.
By the time of #liberation of the concentration camps, the rumor was well entrenched, particularly in #Buchenwald. Liberated prisoners displayed alleged artifacts made of tattooed human skin for #US soldiers. Despite the fact that these "artifacts" mysteriously disappeared after US officials photographed them (without testing them), the Nuremberg Tribunal accepted the photographs into evidence at trial in 1945-1946. This gave weight to the rumor, but it was never confirmed forensically.
While the possibility that such "human artifacts" were made by individuals acting on personal impulses cannot be excluded for any modern society, there is no reliable evidence to support the idea that the Nazi regime sanctioned such practices, let alone ordered them.
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