This article is about daggerers - the most deeply conspired group amongst all the bodies forming the underground State during the January Uprising in the Congress Poland (1863-1864). Initially, their task was to protect the Government against Russian agents; soon after, however, were they authorised to perform executions. The authoress describes the manner in which the daggerers were represented by historiography and literature, noting that the experience of crime, assassination and ethical crisis is processed in multiple ways, not infrequently contradictory to one another.
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