a monologue by Barry Collins
In 1944, the German Army, abandoning a hilltop monastery in southern Poland, left seven captured Soviet officers locked inside it, in an underground cellar.Two of the prisoners managed to stay alive for sixty days, by killing and devouring their companions.
Eventually the survivors were found - crazed - by the advancing Red Army. First they were given a decent meal, and then they were shot, 'lest the soldiers see to what abjection their former officers had been reduced'. Afterwards, the monastery was destroyed.
What would these men say to us, if they could speak? Collins' monologue re-imagines this minor incident from the Second World War, based on the premise that one of the survivors was sane.
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