Jewish groups in Montreal are denouncing the shop in the city’s Plateau-Mont-Royal neighbourhood where the beige bar of soap is displayed.
The soap is inscribed with a swastika and displayed in a glass case with a card that says “Poland 1940.”
On Friday, Abraham Botines, a Spanish-born Jew who has operated the quirky boutique since 1967, admitted he has no idea whether the soap is really made of human remains.
The sale of items with swastikas is not illegal under Canadian law, but selling soap made with human remains is, said Anita Bromberg, B’nai Brith Canada’s chief legal counsel.
Making such a claim about a bar of soap, if untrue, is also illegal because it is fraud, she added.