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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The recent Yugoslavian experience is a reminder that mass killings can still happen. For instance, we read a short letter written by Junita Vishniatskaia to her father shortly before she was shot in Minsk in July Because we don’t want to believe that people can do such things to each other we should be reminded that we can. He deals with the real terrors of Stalinism; the tragedy of the Great Famine of the Ukraine, the nightmare of the Great Timpthy, and the cold-blooded elimination of the educated classes and all forms of potential resistance in Poland.

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View all 3 comments. A detailed tally of the numbers involved could not be studied by western historians until the Soviet Union fell and the records of the Betwsen era opened. Jews, Poles, Lithuanians, Belarusians. Three million Soviet prisoners of war are left to die through starvation and neglect, whilst behind the front line the Nazi death squads start to murder Jews. Retrieved 5 August Poles focus on the Warsaw uprising; Jews on Auschwitz; Russians on the siege of Leningrad; Ukrainians eurlpe the great famine.

Inpeasants made their way to familiar city markets, but now to beg rather than to sell. Europe Between Hitler and Stalin. Most histories take a top-down approach. Much of Germany and even more of Russia was unscathed, at least physically, by war. Those who suffered horribly but lived to tell the tale naturally get a better hearing than the millions in unmarked graves. Soon it became apparent to both Stalin and Hitler that these utopia’s were imaginary, and that in reality they never could be achieved.

It is clear Snyder can only go so far in his designation of the Holocaust as a bby of European history. beyween


So much of today’s news on the region has been shaped by the events described and explained in Bloodlands: Snyder notes similarities stalib the two totalitarian regimes, while also noting enabling interactions that reinforced the destruction and suffering brought to bear on non-combatants. It exceeds by more than ten million the number of people who died in bloodands of the Soviet and German concentration camps as opposed to the death facilities taken together over the entire history of both the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany.

It is oft said that history is written by the victors, and this was the case with World War II. It destroys your belief in humanity, your optimism for human brotherhood, and causes you to feel unending grie The Bloodlands is a book that I first stalon in a review on Slate. Again, my reckoning is on the conservative side. Many of the stories in the book are already known as national or ethnic tragedies.

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Then in the Germans invade Soviet Russia. Snyder has a particularly engaging method of narrating history: Germany was quite clear that they considered the bloodlands to be a frontier for German civilization to expand into.

Oct 26, Pete Warden rated it it was amazing. This is in some ways made more so by Snyders determination not to fall into thinking “a million deaths is a statistic. Both tyrants were committed to ethnic and cultural homogeneity in the lands they ruled, but as Snyder so aptly pointed out, it was Stalin who won Hitler’s war, so his vision triumphed.

Snyder cites the number 14 million. Both Nazi and Soviet regimes dreamed of empire, and both saw within empire the same possibilities — namely economic security and self-sufficiency. I’m not sure what is the criteria for deciding who is the worst mass murderer.

It’s easy to be numbed by the scale of the evil, but he betwfen reminding us that the mon It’s shocking to realize I’ve grown up with a half-blind view of the Holocaust. Stalin’s great killing took place not in Siberia, but in the western Soviet republics, above all in Ukraine where in the 30s at least four hitoer people died in man-made famines and in the slaughter of the ” kulak ” peasantry.


But that certainly seems like a plausible claim, or rather it seems difficult to imagine an event that could be more significant for the history of the continent.

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In that, they’re like the rest of us, even Timothy Snyder. Up to the German invasion of the Soviet Union in JuneHitler’s thinking was still about deportation: But this didn’t stop them from murdering the peoples and continue the lies. This is why you read the epilogue in any history text: The first was to bring together the enormous mass of fresh research — some of it his own — into Soviet and Nazi killing, and produce something like a final and definitive account.

Snyder looks at the mass killing campaigns of both Hitler and Stalin in the are between Germany and Russia, from to What I mean is though to my knowledge Snyder never puts it this way: Yet Snyder does not exactly compare the two systems either.

Is the increased value of farm land a national priority? The Nazis and the Soviets, murdered over 14 million people in direct mass murder campaigns and actions.

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

To put it another way, if you wanted to kill all the Jews of Europe, why would you not just give your soldiers a standing order to shoot every Jew they met?

Neal Ascherson’s The Black Sea: The litany of murders, misery, and near-incomprehensible horror is constant and appalling, but never numbing. Need I mention Cambodia or Uganda? He pointed out that the two main components of this policy from the ‘s onwards had been 1 Rather substantial subsidies to farmers for not growing certain crops, and 2 Also rather large subsidies to industry and academia for research directed toward the increase in yields for the same crops that farmers were already paid not to grow.

Those German soldiers who saw the Treblinka transports knew, if they wanted bloodlanrs know, just what they were fighting for.