Did Europes Jews go passively to their deaths? How did Nazi anitisemitism evolve into mass murder? How important was Hitler's own hatred of the Jews in creating the final solution? Why didn't the Allies aggresively try to save Jews before the wars's end? Drawing on the entire range of historical literature on the Holocaust, Marrus tackles explosive issues and tortured memories, handling them with judiciousness and sensitivity. He presents a balanced but eye opening treatment of many highly charged topics including the role of collaborationist governments, the Roman Catholic Church the local populations, Jewish ghetto leadership and the Jews themselves.