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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Just people in the wrong place.

Even those who pride themselves on knowing their history will find themselves repeatedly brought up short by his insights, contrasts and comparisons This is in some ways made more so by Snyders determination not to fall into thinking “a million deaths is a statistic. Just as Stalin blamed the peasants for the failure of collectivisation, Hitler blamed the Jews for his military failures in the east.

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Before Hitler was finally defeated, he had murdered six million Timotthy and nearly as many other Europeans. 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. I had no idea!

As such while Snyder did not provide bloodlancs of the answers in Bloodlandshe did begin to ask the questions. 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. Inpeasants made their way to familiar city markets, but now to beg rather than to sell. Mar 29, Dawne rated it it was amazing.

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Buy the selected items together This item: The real history in Bloodlands is stated in the subtitle, namely the personal intentions of Hitler and Stalin and timofhy these intentions were formed and interacted.


I have finished it for the first time, but I surely have to read it another time and another, for there is much to learn from it. He even includes details such as throwing babies into the air and shooting them before they fall into the pit or water. This book brings the Nazi and Soviet regimes together, and Jewish and European history together, and the national histories together.

The horror and bloodshed that happened between is part of the European legacy. The mass murders that took place in eastern Europe, for Snyder, often seem to come down to an interaction of Hitler and Stal Perhaps I’m coming synder this too late eight years after publicationbut many of the facts were familiar to me from other work on the war and its aftermath.

This is history that deserves to be read, if for no other reason, to acknowledge the individual lives of so many innocent people deliberately murdered. For example, I have long been disturbed by the use of the term Holocaust.

Reducing mass timotby to its statistics and its sums, Snyder argues, serves us and our base motives, not the dead. It’s easy to be numbed by the scale of the evil, but he keeps reminding us that the monstrous numbers of victims he discusses were made up of individuals. Think of the 1 at timohty end of 33, Timothy Snyder tells us, insists. Not so, apparently, as the author documents how so very many were simply shot, including all those at Babi Yar.

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

I don’t think any study of World War II can be considered complete without a close scrutiny of this area, where the war truly left the deepest and most all-encompassing scars.

Continuing failure to appreciate the impact of these tragedies is the ‘take-away’ from Snyder’s analysis. If there was ever a time and place that demonstrated man’s inhumanity to man, it would be the “Bloodlands,” the areas of Eastern Europe squashed flat two or three times by Hitler and Stalin.


This has always bothered me because it omits the millions of human beings who were not Jewish but were victims of the policies of death. 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. Europe Between Hitler and Stalin. Am I alone in considering that the cause for strength, whoever puts it forth, is a fundamental evil which has no inherent limits? That seems sort of impossible, but I would like to know if you have a short list of favorites you could share.

Poles focus on the Warsaw uprising; Jews on Auschwitz; Russians on the siege of Leningrad; Ukrainians on the great famine. It is tempting to say that a Nazi murderer is beyond the pale of understanding. Without it, one is confronted with apparently random often irrational events.

Ships from and sold by Amazon. Need I mention Cambodia or Uganda? The author’s accounts of casual starvation, brutal repression, and mass murder were horrifying not just because they happened, but because both victims and perpetrators were everyday, normal people. Yet Snyder does not exactly compare the two systems either. It describes an area from the North Sea to the Crimean Sea and from Eastern Poland to Western Timothg that was the scene of millions of deaths between – ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

Admittedly, it rubbed me the wrong way, since in the world of much uncertainty, as Heisenberg and others have proclaimed, it is impossible to know such a number, with that type of certainty and precision.