To the Editor:
The lampshade is not a myth. I am a veteran of WW2 and was in a home shortly after the war in Peissenburg, Gremany and was told not to turn on a lamp. Reluctantly the reason was explained that I would not want to touch the shade as it was human skin.
I was in the 796th AAA AW BN Sp Bty.B, served during the war. After the war we stayed as part of the army of occupation. I do not feel I was duped by what I was then told about the lampshade of the light I was about to turn on. Concerning the question you raised about soap, I was advised to bring my own soap, and not use the soap of the German home I was in.
I also visited Dachau shortly after the capture. We were taken there at the request of our superiors. We were given a tour of the prison by former inmates still in prison garb. The place still had the stench of dead bodies and I saw the gas chambers and also the ovens and mounds where many prisoners were shot. I did return in the late 70’s, and the prison as a memorial is pretty well dressed up compared to 1945. It was a long time ago, but as I reflect the memories have been restored.
I guess I should tell you why I visited your site on the internet. I am in a senior community and we have many different backgrounds here. In a conversation last week the Holocaust came up and I mentioned the visit to Dachau and there was some denial about the atrocities. When I mentioned the skin shade, one individual immediately said I made it up. Well that prompted me to look it up with the help of Google and your site showed a recent denial also. I believe that lies can cover up many things and maybe mislead people. I have no ax to grind but I do believe that the shades and soap reports are not myths.
Glenn D. White
On The Record:
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