By Jean-Paul Sartre
“The Condemned of Altona is a reminder that ethical difficulties are actual, irreducible and important even if they're insoluble. it's, hence, an occasion of high-quality value. it's the paintings of 1 who's either an ethical thinker and a dramatist, of a author who can current philosophical questions within the flesh and bones of concrete human situations.” —Heinz Lubasz, the hot Leader
The Condemned of Altona is an act of judgment at the 20th century, which would were an admirable period (the last strains let us know) if guy had no longer been threatened by way of ‘the merciless enemy who had sworn to spoil him, that hairless, evil, flesh-eating beast—man himself. ‘All the characters within the play are defendants, trapped contained in the body of the proscenium as securely as Eichmann inside of his glass cage in Jerusalem; their pass judgement on is the earlier, and its verdict is with out mercy. loss of life consequences are imposed, and one sentence of solitary confinement for all times. The degree, as so usually in M. Sartre’s fingers, turns into a spot of ethical inquisition, instantaneously a court and a jail.
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When Werner is at the yard I am afraid. FATHER: And so that's why you want to leave us? They are not serious reasons. (LENI JOHANNA: No. FATHER: Are there others? JOHANNA: Yes. FATHER: Let's have them. WERNER (shouting): Johanna, I forbid you. . JOHANNA: Well, speak for yourself! WERNER: What's the good? You know very well I shall obey him. JOHANNA: Why? 17 ACT I He's my father. Oh, let's have done with it. ) JOHANNA (placing herself in front of him): No, Werner, no! FATHER: He is right, daughter-in-law.
One way or another, you will see that it is a booby trap. . (JOHANNA hesitates, then slowly climbs the stairs and knocks at the door. Once, twice. A kind of nervous fury takes possession of her. A rain of blows against the door. ) LENI (quietly): You have the key. (Pause, JOHANNA hesitates. She is afraid, WERNER is anxious and agitated. ) Well? JOHANNA: There is an inside bolt. It must be fastened. ) FATHER: NO. JOHANNA: The Condemned of Altona 20 Who fastened it? Did I? JOHANNA: Perhaps there is another door.
JOHANNA: Did he remember it? FATHER (smiling): I think so. But his life wasn't very long. FATHER JOHANNA: And Franz? Released at once. On condition that he enlisted. The following winter, he was a lieutenant on the Russian front. ) What's the matter? JOHANNA: I don't like this story. FATHER: I am not saying that it's pleasant. ) That was in forty-one. JOHANNA (dryly): Well? FATHER: It was necessary to survive. JOHANNA: The Pole didn't survive. FATHER (indifferent): No. That's not my fault. FATHER: JOHANNA: I wonder.