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Partial leather razor strop used by a barber in a concentration camp

Object | Accession Number: 2005.457.5

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    Partial leather razor strop used by a barber in a concentration camp

    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Fragment of a barber's razor strop by Alexander Stankiewicz while an inmate at Mauthausen concentration camp where he worked as a barber. Stankiewicz was a Roman Catholic Pole, living in Wloclawek, (Leslau) Poland, who in 1941 was arrested and imprisoned by the occupying Germans for his membership in a Polish political and literary organization. At Mauthausen, his prisoner number was 24993. After the war ended in 1945, he returned to Poland.
    Date
    use:  approximately 1941-1945
    Geography
    issue: Mauthausen (Concentration camp); Mauthausen (Austria)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jan Niebrzydowski
    Contributor
    Subject: Alexander Stankiewicz
    Biography
    Alexander Stankiewicz, a Roman Catholic, was born on November 16, 1903, in Kamienskoje (or Kaminsk) Poland (or Russia). He was of Polish nationality and lived with his mother, Stanislawa Raczowska. He was barber and hairdresser. In 1941, he lived in Wloclawek, Poland, called Leslau by the occupying Germans. He was arrested February 16 for membership in a Polish political and literary organization, Kujawski Zwiazek Polityczno Literacki Zew. He was sentenced to prison and sent to Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria. His prisoner number was 24993. On March 11, 1943, he was transferred to a work detail in a nearby subcamp in Linz. After the war, he returned to Poland.

    Physical Details

    Classification
    Tools and Equipment
    Physical Description
    Rectangular, brown, stiff leather strip, pierced by 2 small holes, 1 near each end. It has marks from heavy usage, possibly as a razor strop.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 7.880 inches (20.015 cm) | Width: 1.500 inches (3.81 cm) | Depth: 0.120 inches (0.305 cm)
    Materials
    overall : leather

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The leather strip was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2005 by Jan Niebrzydowski.
    Record last modified:
    2022-07-28 18:28:57
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