Bloodlands has ratings and reviews. Mieczyslaw said: I was raised amongst survivors of the great horror that was the War in Eastern Europe. My. Tim Snyder’s ambitious Bloodlands set out to place the murderous regimes of the Third Reich and Stalin’s Soviet Union in their overlapping European contexts. Int his deeply unsettling and revelatory book, Timothy Snyder gives voice to the testimony of the victims through the letters home, the notes flung from trains, the.

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Cambridge professor Richard Evanswho wrote a “blistering review” [22] of the book, commented, “It seems to me that he is simply equating Nazi genocide with the mass murders carried out in the Soviet Union under Stalin […] There is nothing wrong with comparing. The New York Review of Books. If we cannot do that, then Hitler and Stalin have shaped not only our world, but our humanity.

One example I found especially horrific were the words from a letter written by an Austrian soldier to his wife telling of how he is repeatedly shooting, on a daily basis, large numbers of Jews including women and children. It was then merged into Germany until about mid and then re-absorbed into the Soviet empire. Snyder makes the point to avoid round numbers, which accentuates that we are talking about individuals and makes the tragedy all the more real.

Snyder, though, simply jumps right in. The complete story runs so much deeper. I found it particularly interesting to learn why the author used the term “mass killings” instead of “genocide” in this book. Not just historians or World War II enthusiasts although the latter definitely should, if they only follow American history.

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

snnyder In comparison to marching someone to the gas chamber, it seems more like a crime of omission. This book tells all, with gory details galore.

The argument that it was in the interaction of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union that the most lethal violence occurred has two main implications for our understanding of the Holocaust according to Snyder. Perhaps the discovery of geography has come late to Holocaust studies, but we know, thanks to the work of scholars such as Tim Cole, that the bliodlands itself was an important protagonist in Holocaust history.


Snyder snyyder larger lessons about the uses of the history of victimhood and the political imperative to rewrite those histories.


This, too, is quaggy ground for historians. The book points out similarities between the two regimes: Blopdlands Music Stream millions of songs. Germany was the site of concentration camps liberated by the Americans and the British in ;Russian Siberia was of course the site of much of the Gulag, made known in the West by Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

The millions who died and the millions more who suffered were not ‘collateral damage’ incidental to war, they were the point of the war on both sides. It is also a convenient excuse for political failure, why admit mistakes when you can blame the scapegoat.

Sometimes they were targeted for no particular discernible reason. The Ukrainian musician Yosyp Panasenko was dispatched by central authorities with his troupe of bandura players to provide culture to the starving peasants.

Mar 27, David rated it it was amazing. Auschwitz-as-labor-camp is more representative of the experience of the large number of people who endured German or Soviet concentration, Auschwitz-as-death-facility is more typical of the fates of those who were deliberately killed. Similarly, we see a steady stream of blooclands attempting to assert the wider contexts for Nazi violence — in terms of the history of imperialism; the wider history of genocide or of inter-ethnic tensions beyond simply a history of German antisemitism.

The British, who liberated Belsen, at first located the slaughter in “the concentration camps”.

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Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder – review | Books | The Guardian

It is a gripping story that should be read and understood. Snyder also describes how the two regimes often snydwr and aided one another, at least until the German invasion of the Soviet Union see for example the Gestapo—NKVD Conferences. The depressing bleakness hollows out the soul.

And this purpose remained constant. I have made the text bold that compares those killed to the total of American battlefield losses in all foreign wars because I’m assuming most people reading this are from the United States. The Bloodlands were literally the lands between Hitler and Stalin and as such the most violence occurred in a struggle for supremacy over and within those lands. The German settlers moved into the area would deal with native populations in a manner similar to the way American settlers pushed and killed the Indians out of the way.


In a combined campaign of extermination, over 14 million people were killed essentially because of where they lived, what religion they practiced, or if for some reason they were viewed as a threat.

He is saying that both tyrants identified this luckless strip of Europe as the place where, above all, they must impose their will or see their gigantic visions falter. To dismiss the Nazis or the Soviets as beyond human concern or historical understanding is to fall into their snyer trap. The figures are so huge and so awful that grief could grow numb.

There are people, some even in the reviews on this site, who argue which people suffered more. But if we consider an extended geographical context, then it of course ignores the huge violence and population movements associated with the collapse of the multi-ethnic Empires in Europe and on its borders throughout the first part of the century. The central ‘show’ according to this view was never in Western Europe or Southeast Asia but in precisely that area for which both powers contended for agricultural timlthy, Snyder’s Bloodlands.

They tiomthy actively involved and as cited in two works of Daniel Goldhagen — often, they did this very willingly. The Nazi and Soviet regimes were sometimes allies, as in the joint occupation of Poland [from —]. It’s shocking to realize I’ve grown up with a half-blind view of the Holocaust. It devotes a great deal of time to the Holocaust, and in the process sigificantly changes and deepens the readers understanding of how the Holocaust took place, and how it was shaped by Nazi war aims and setbacks.

Snyder illuminates the development of the Stalinist state prior to With the end of the Cold War, the victory of… More. The zone is the territory that lies between central Poland and, roughly, the Russian border, covering eastern Poland, Ukraine, Belarus and tiothy Baltic republics.

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