Leather razor strop used by a barber in a concentration camp

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 2005.457.4
Level of Description
  • English
EHRI Partner

Extent and Medium

overall: Height: 30.000 inches (76.2 cm) | Width: 2.500 inches (6.35 cm) | Depth: 0.120 inches (0.305 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 barber's strop 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

Barber's strop 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 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.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions on access

Conditions Governing Reproduction

No restrictions on use

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Long, brown, leather strap with a brown leather tab hand sewn on one end and a silver-colored, semi-circular, flat metal end cap attached by a screw to the other end. The cap has a stamped pebbled design with a dotted border. A metal snap hook is attached to the cap by a metal suspension ring and a semi-circular link on a pivot. Near the cap end, the strap has an imprinted design of a standing horse facing left and English text.



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