A Little Bit of Vergangenheitsbewaeltigung Left
Michael O'Hare on Real Class

That Lampshade Story

While we're on the subject, Ed Philp pointed me to a New York Magazine article about a lampshade made from human skin found in the wake of the Katrina disaster in New Orleans. Previously, I and others had been skeptical about the tales of Nazis making lampshades from human skin. The one found in New Orleans in 2005, though, is apparently actually made from human skin.

Apart from some rather flimsy circumstantial evidence, there's no proof that it was actually made by Nazis from the skin of concentration camp victims. For me, therefore, the jury's still out on the lampshade question. Not least because I've been to New Orleans many times, and can say that if there is any city in the United States in which I can imagine someone making a lampshade from human skin, that city is New Orleans.

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