This work is a portrait of the mechanism of terror in a dictatorship. Surveys and interviews were conducted with German perpetrators, Jewish victims and ordinary Germans who experienced the Third Reich at first hand, in order to settle many nagging questions about who was responsible for what.
Eric A. Johnson is the author of Urbanization and Crime: Germany 1871-1914 and The Civilization of Crime: Violence in Town and Country Since the Middle Ages. A professor of history at Central Michigan University and a fellow of The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, he lives in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.