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While it occasionally hurries through elements upon which the film version lingers, this does nothing to detract from the overall story and its consequences, which are well acted here with the strength and subtlety that the writing deserves.
With the monsters of the Nazi high command gone, attention shifts to the upper ranks of the reich's civil infrastructure, where judges carried out the legal dirty work individually, hanging and sterilizing anyone who violated the laws of the new Germany.
But this is really the trial of the German people. Who knew what and what could they be reasonably expected to do? What's the difference between making a law and following a law?
Ultimately, this puts the audience on trial. We are all asked to reflect on ourselves and what we might have done, faced with a straight choice between complicity in the slaughter or our own deaths.
Would we really have behaved differently? Generations of Germans will face this question. Thanks to this play, the rest of us will too. And we must.
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