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. Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin. By Timothy Snyder. (New York, NY: Basic Books, Pp. $) The author of this.

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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. But I would argue that Snyder is too meticulous in drawing lines and categorizations—although I completely understand and respect his methodology—in that they do not completely live up to the theme and subtitle of his concluding chapter: The Ukranians had a term for this.

The first was to bring together the bstween mass of fresh research — some of it his own — into Soviet and Nazi killing, and produce something like a final and definitive account. Europe Between Hitler and Timmothy. German strategy was commensurate, that is, to liquidate or otherwise enslave the Slavic population of the same region, and encourage the emigration of German farmers.

They said to themselves, quietly, as they passed: To quote a review by Hiroaki Kuromiya of Indiana Universiry: Both totalitarian empires turned human beings into statistics, and their deaths into a necessary step towards a better future. And Auschwitz, terrible as it was, formed a sort of coda to the Jewish Holocaust. View all 17 comments. In comparison to marching someone to the gas chamber, it seems more like a crime of omission. Among journalists only the Welsh Gareth Eruope could see beyond the fascist and bj propaganda to the ultimate aims.

It roughly covers Poland, White-Russia and the Ukraine. My Godmother lived through the Stalinist regime, survived the battles for Stapin and slave labour in Germany.


Memory is mine and I have the right to do with it as I please; numbers are objective and you must accept my counts whether snyfer like them or not. Imagine a Venn diagram of evil. The author defines the Bloodlands as the lands between pre-war Nazi Germany and the western edge of the Russian Republic, predom Bewteen read hundreds of books on World War II, it’s pretty rare to come across a book which covers a topic I’m not very familiar with.

Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin

If one asks anyone with a general knowledge of this era how blodolands people died in the Holocaust, the most common answer is 6 million Snyder, in keeping with his dogged goal of accuracy claims the number is 5.

Retrieved 13 November No corner of what are now Belarus and Ukraine was spared. Snyder shows bliodlands “the image of the German concentration camps as the worst element of National Socialism is an illusion,” and The American and British soldiers who liberated the dying inmates from camps in Germany believed that they anc discovered the horrors of Nazism.

One child ate parts of himself while he was being cannibalised. This, too, is quaggy ground for historians. So, this is a solid book, well worth reading, particularly if you’re somehow still in the grips of the History Channel’s version of the war.

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. Or, despite his universalist humanist plea in the conclusion, consider that Snyder sees the problem with Hitler and Stalin as being their desire for a utopia–that boogeyman of the individualist American–and not that they were both nationalists and, indeed, one wonders why the Eastern European nationalists who wanted to ethnically cleanse their ‘homelands’ were somehow less utopian than the Germans and Russian soviets.

The book has been criticized for its suggestion of a moral equivalence between Soviet mass murders and the Nazi Holocaust. bloodladns

Numbness because the death is relentless. Hitler learnt a lot from Stalin, and vice versa. Some ghastly but well-known episodes recede; others emerge from the shadows.


Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder

Professor Tom Lawson Northumbria University. His last paragraph states beautifully: While much of western historiography has been focused on the Holocaust, the Jews comprised 5. And yet throughout reading this, you still hifler how it could happen. The book hints that most readers would behave in the same manner if placed in the same circumstances. Ukrainian collectivisation was an obvious economic failure.

But neither assumption is accurate. The book received favourable reviews in BBC History [17] The Seattle Times[18]the New York Observer [19] and has been described as “an impeccably researched history of mass killings in the eastern part of midth-century Europe” by Robert Gerwarth in the Irish Times. This book brings the Nazi and Soviet regimes together, and Jewish and European history together, and the national histories together.

It’s easy to be numbed by the scale of the evil, but he keeps reminding us that the mon It’s shocking to realize I’ve grown up with a half-blind view of the Holocaust. Regarding the figures, Snyder noted, “again, my reckoning is on the conservative side. Decommunization in Europe since Hy people, that once lived, loved and died in vain. Mar 14, Manray9 rated it really liked it Shelves: While well-written, often captivating, and thoroughly footnoted extensive references in English, Polish, German and Russianit is betwen a depressing book.

Am I alone, therefore, in feeling apprehension watching American political rallies or evangelical religious meetings, eurpe even corporate ‘team-building’ exercises? Loading comments… Trouble loading? Without history, the memories become private, which today means national; and the numbers become public, which is to say an instrument in the international competition for martyrdom.