In 1972 the Hamburg State Court acquitted the German chief of police in the Polish city of Starachowice of war crimes committed against Jews. Thirty years before, he had been responsible for liquidating the nearby Jewish ghetto, sending nearly 4,000 Jews to their deaths at Treblinka and 1,600 to slave-labour factories. This shocking acquittal, delivered despite the incriminating eyewitness testimony of survivors, drives Christopher R. Browning's inquiry. This remarkable story of the survival of almost three hundred Jews draws on the testimony of those who lived to recount the brutalities of the Starachowice camps. Browning examines the experiences and survival strategies of the prisoners, and the policies and personnel of the Nazi guard. With stories of heroism, of corruption and retribution, and of desperate choices, the ties of family and neighbour, in the end, are the sinews of survival.