Wooden box that held barber's kit used in a concentration camp

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 2005.457.2
Level of Description
EHRI Partner

Extent and Medium

overall: Height: 10.750 inches (27.305 cm) | Width: 9.750 inches (24.765 cm) | Depth: 13.000 inches (33.02 cm)


Biographical History

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.

Archival History

The box was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2005 by Jan Niebrzydowski.


United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jan Niebrzydowski

Scope and Content

Wooden box used by Alexander Stankiewicz to hold his barber's tools while he was an inmate at Mauthausen concentration camp. He was a Roman Catholic Pole, living in Wloclawek, (Leslau) Poland, who in 1941 was arrested and sent to Mauthausen 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.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions on access

Conditions Governing Reproduction

No restrictions on use

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Square, brown stained wood box with dovetail joints and a top-opening lid on 2 metal butt hinges. There is a tack in the front center, some nails on the back of the lid, and tape remnants on the bottom and top left edge.



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