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Safety razor used in a concentration camp

Object | Accession Number: 2005.457.15

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    Safety razor used in a concentration camp


    Brief Narrative
    Razor used 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 was arrested in 1941 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.
    use:  approximately 1941-1945
    issue: Mauthausen (Concentration camp); Mauthausen (Austria)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jan Niebrzydowski
    corner of head, engraved : JIRA
    Subject: Alexander Stankiewicz
    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

    Object Type
    Razors (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Metal razor with silver-colored plating with copper color underneath. The handle is a hexagonal shaft dividing into 3 sections at the end. The head is a smooth, curved plate with comb teeth along the 2 long, straight edges, attached to a frame underneath by 2 rounded posts. A triangle with 4 letters is engraved near a corner on top.
    overall: Height: 3.000 inches (7.62 cm) | Width: 1.625 inches (4.128 cm) | Depth: 1.000 inches (2.54 cm)
    overall : metal

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    Conditions on Use
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    Administrative Notes

    The razor was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2005 by Jan Niebrzydowski.
    Record last modified:
    2023-01-19 11:47:32
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