The Trial for the Eviction of Students
Piotr Reputakowski

[Figure courtesy of Warsaw Public Library – Central Library of the Masovian Province]

Baroness Krzeszowska, now that she was the owner of the house, wanted to expel from it her most fervent enemies, who were at the same time her least profitable tenants. (550)


Soon after buying the house, Baroness Krzeszowska takes legal action against the students renting one of the flats. She demands that they immediately vacate the premises due to non-payment of the rent. There is also another, more important reason – the students disturb the peace: they are noisy at night and constantly ridicule and insult the landlady.

The civil case brought by the Baroness is judged by a one-person magistrate, which, in the Congress Poland era, examined civil and criminal offence cases. Notwithstanding a clear sympathy for the defendants, the magistrate does not accede to their request to extend the date for payment or their offer to place their furniture in pawn as security. After the trial (complete with Krzeszowska’s theatrical gestures and some comical behaviour from the students), the magistrate pronounces a sentence, demanding that the students pay the outstanding rent and vacate the flat. Because they do not submit to this decision, Krzeszowska brings about their eviction, executed with the help of a bailiff and the police.

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  1. S. Milewski, Procesy dziadków. Pitaval bez sztyletu i trucizny, Warsaw 1981.