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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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But Snyder’s second job was to limit his own scope, by subject and by place.

The three gassing centres built in occupied Poland, followed by another at Auschwitz-Birkenau, were designed to exterminate the entire Jewish population of Europe west of the old Polish-Soviet frontier. It’s important to be humble about these things.

I suppose these are some of the technicalities that Turkey uses to insist that the killing of the Armenians after WWI was bloodlanda genocide. In just a few days inthe Nazis shot more Jews in the east than they had inmates in all their concentration camps. Hitler and Stalin co-operated in their violent bloodladns against Poland — similarly targeting Polish leaders in an effort to effectively destroy the Polish nation.

Timothy Snyder Strips the Holocaust of Theory”. Until recently who, apart from the Poles, knew the truth about Katyn? There is little analysis to be found here, despite the voluminous and sometimes heart-breaking detail around some of the violence.

As such, the violence that underpinned both regimes and the struggle between them can be realistically understood as part of the general history of European imperialism. Not for the faint-hearted…or for bedtime reading.


The camera doesn’t focus on soldiers or military maneuvers or the other fronts in the war, or the U.

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

But most had been shot and pitched into mass graves by German police units operating far to the east in Ukraine, the Baltics and Belarus, the Einsatzgruppen who moved from village to village behind the front lines of war. Such an analysis is not present here.

It describes an area from the North Sea to the Crimean Sea and from Eastern Poland to Western Ukraine that was the scene of millions of deaths between – I would personally argue that the deficiencies in the general picture of the Holocaust that exist, for example in modern Britain, might be better understood as a consequence of that widespread memorialisation rather than despite it, but that is an argument for another day.

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Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder – review

In a recent New York Times article, author Martin Amis referred to this book and said that he still considered Hitler the worst offender. The American and British soldiers who liberated the dying inmates from camps in Germany believed that they had discovered the horrors of Nazism.

They both sucked more than anything else on this planet has ever sucked. Post-war Poland was in no state to gain recognition for that. He said this “is not a complete reckoning of all the death that Soviet and German power brought to the region”. The figures are so huge and so awful that grief could grow numb.

Timothy Snyder outlines the policies and actions of Hitler and Stalin between and and the effect they had on the people living in Eastern Europe Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and the Baltic states.


Even I visited Auschwitz in – when I returned to Snyfer I was shocked to realise non of the English people I knew knew anything about the place. Retrieved November 2, There are more books on my shelf emblazoned with swastikas than I care to admit.

Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin

What was the mechanism that translated the hatred of Hitler or the paranoia of Stalin into the actual shooting of actual people, or into more complex forms of death like the killing factory at Treblinka and the logistical apparatus that fed it? View all 4 comments. The argument that it was in the interaction of Nazi Germany and the Hjtler Union that the most lethal violence occurred has two main implications for our understanding of the Holocaust according to Snyder. For example, I have long been disturbed by the use of the term Holocaust.

Professor Tom Lawson, review of Bloodlands: Just as Stalin blamed the peasants bbloodlands the failure of collectivisation, Hitler blamed the Jews for his military failures in the east.

Often the Germans and the Soviets goaded each other into escalations that cost more lives than the policies of either state by itself would have. Snyder’s book earned a rating of Four Stars in my library.

Both Nazi and Soviet regimes dreamed of empire, and both saw within empire the same possibilities — namely economic security and self-sufficiency.