National Affairs: Ambassadors from Broadway

Berlin theatergoers were entranced and disturbed at the same time: Die Meuterei auf der Caine upset their time-honored Prussian reverence for military men and military orders. The neo-Nazis found some solace in Lieut. Barney Greenwald's last-act defense of Navy discipline, insisted that the play supported the defense at the Nürnberg war criminals' trial: that subordinates are not responsible for the orders of their superiors. But most West Berliners accepted the lesson of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial as a common-sense American compromise between institutional rules and individual dignity. The Caine, like many another U.S. play, was doing a dramatic diplomatic job...

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