Front Matter

Half Title Page

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Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Introduction

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pp. v-x

Mieczysław Lurczyński’s play, Stara gwardia [The Old Guard], written in Hanover in 1945 and published by him there in 1946 in an edition of 200 copies, is of value not only because it is an early work of concentration camp literature, but, also because the circumstances under which it came into being are highly distinctive...

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Preface

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pp. xi-xiv

Th e impetus behind this book set in a concentration camp was my personal need to come to grips with the truth. Everything in it is, or at least endeavors to be, faithful to the truth—language, action and atmosphere. A truth, however, that does not encompass one or another incident, which could have happened...

Content

Cast of Characters

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pp. 1-2

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The Setting

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pp. 3-3

The Lageraeltester’s room on the Block. On the right, a twotiered bunk covered with gray blankets. On the left, high up on the wall, a grated, rag-covered window and below it a single bunk temporarily changed with the help of wooden planks into a Schreibstube. In the center of the room, a table...

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Act I

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pp. 4-43

Evening. GENIEK sits on the armchair, his feet against the legs of the table. The top buttons of his trousers are undone. A cigarette dangles from his mouth as he riffles and studies the cards in his hands. After a moment...

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Act II

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pp. 44-84

The room as previously. It is after midnight. Geniek, partly covered with blankets, is sleeping on the lower bunk. Towels hanging by his head shield him from the lamplight. Fryderyk sits at the table; Jan next to him....

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Act III

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pp. 85-99

The Lageraeltester’s room as in the first act. Four-thirty in the morning. The window is covered with rags. Th e electric light is on. An enormous mess everywhere. Off stage, sounds of people getting up to go to work; shouts about the distribution of food float in. Fryderyk is lying in an awkward position, fully dressed, on his bunk. Jędrzej and Geniek are sleeping on the two bunks opposite. Jan enters cautiously, looks around, and goes to Fryderyk...

Back Matter

Concentration Camp Terms

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pp. 101-106

Back Cover

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pp. 107-107