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Barber's professional brush used in a concentration camp

Object | Accession Number: 2005.457.35

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    Barber's professional brush used in a concentration camp

    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Barber's neck duster 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.
    Date
    use:  approximately 1941-1945
    Geography
    issue: Mauthausen (Concentration camp); Mauthausen (Austria)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jan Niebrzydowski
    Markings
    flat end of handle, engraved : B.P.W. / GALW
    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

    Physical Description
    Hand-held brush with a silver-colored, metal handle. The flat-bottomed handle has an engraved crown with letters. It tapers, then widens to a ring, then tapers again and is attached to an oval metal collar encasing wood that holds tufts of tan bristles. The wood is held in the collar by 2 nails.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 4.500 inches (11.43 cm) | Width: 3.125 inches (7.938 cm) | Depth: 1.125 inches (2.858 cm)
    Materials
    overall : wood, metal, bristle

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    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The duster 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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