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The Boston Globe

Theater & art

Stage review

Science, truth, and consequences in ‘Operation Epsilon’

CAMBRIDGE — Held captive at a British country house at the end of World War II, the 10 German scientists in “Operation Epsilon’’ are all too aware that history is written by the winners — and desperate to soften posterity’s verdict by telling their side of the story.

What makes Alan Brody’s “Operation Epsilon’’ so engrossing is the fact that even they can’t agree on the real truth of their motives. Were they merely disinterested scientists, conducting research for a “uranium machine’’ that would produce energy, or did they know all along that their work was aimed at developing an atomic bomb for Adolf Hitler?

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