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Cardboard case for a straight razor used in a concentration camp

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Razor case 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.

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  • Title: Cardboard case for a straight razor used in a concentration camp
  • Location: Poland--History--Occupation, 1939-1945.
  • Provenance: The case was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2005 by Jan Niebrzydowski.
  • Subject Keywords: Concentration camp inmates--Austria. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Poland--Personal narratives, Polish. Political prisoners--Poland--Biography. World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, Polish.
  • Type: Containers
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Flat, tubular, darkbrown cardboard case that divides past the middle and opens into 2 parts. The surface has impressed designs and lettering on one of the broad sides. On the top of the shorter half, there is a scimitar with a crown above and English text below, and 3 large letters to the right; on the longer part, there are 2 pairs of overlapping circles with small designs, and text below.

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