The Theater: On Hitler's Timing

Manhattan's Studio Theater of the New School for Social Research—consisting largely of refugee stagefolk—which puts on plays generally too risky for Broadway, opened its new season with a play telling why the Nazis were halted, a year ago, in their Moscow offensive. Whether historically true or false, Winter Soldiers by Playwright Dan James has a dramatic explanation : While Nazi reinforcements were being rushed to the Moscow front, the underground movement upset Hitler's timetable with daring sabotage.

Divided into eleven episodes, Winter Soldiers treats of people heroic enough to die for cause,...

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