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Box of razor blades issued to a US soldier while held as a POW in a German Stalag

Object | Accession Number: 1997.112.7 a-i

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    Brief Narrative
    Box of razor blades issued to 23 year old Rolland Pearce, an US airman, while held as a prisoner of war by the Germans in Stalag Luft IV in Tychowo, Poland. On February 6, the camp was evacuated due to approaching Soviet forces. Rolland and the other prisoners were sent on a forced march that came to be known as the Black March, because of the brutal conditions and treatment. The march lasted 86 days, until early April, when they reached Fallingbostel, Germany, and Stalag 357, about forty miles away.
    Date
    received:  1945
    Geography
    issue: Stalag Luft IV; Tychowo (Bialogard, Poland)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Rolland Pearce
    Contributor
    Subject: Rolland G. Pearce

    Physical Details

    Language
    German
    Object Type
    Razor blades (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Box, orange cardboard, preprinted inscription on top and bottom, "Olinda/Rasierklingen/Starke 0.10"; on side, "Das Stuck 6 Pfg." and on one side, "10 Klingen"; contains eight razor blades
    Dimensions
    Height: 1.060 inches (2.692 cm) | Width: 1.890 inches (4.801 cm) | Depth: 0.240 inches (0.61 cm)
    Materials
    a : paper, ink
    b : metal, paper
    c : metal, paper
    d : metal, paper
    e : metal, paper
    f : metal, paper
    g : metal, paper
    h : metal, paper

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    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The razor blades were donated to United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1997 by Rolland Pearce.
    Record last modified:
    2022-07-28 18:23:28
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