What part did Vichy France really play in the Nazi effort to murder Jews living in France? Few questions, from the end of World War II to the present day, have so haunted French society. This book, now a classic, is the definitive account of Vichy's own antisemitic policies and practices and a major contribution to the history of the Jewish tragedy in wartime Europe. It was originally described in published reviews as 'superb and definitive' and 'brilliant [and] utterly absorbing'. The authors' 'exhaustive research and the sobriety of their prose make this indictment far more powerful than previous work on the subject.' The book 'is something of a spiritual history of a great democratic nation sunk in the squalor of moral collapse.'