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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Some stories remained untold because they were inconvenient. Both totalitarian empires turned human beings into statistics, and their deaths into a necessary step towards a better future. Sep 04, Vincent rated it it was amazing Shelves: He dips down into the masses and chooses one or two telling examples from each murder, each siege, each starvation.

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His intention, rather, is to show that the two systems committed the same kinds of crimes at the same times and in the same places, that they aided and abetted one another, and above all that their timoty with one another led to more mass killing than either might have carried out alone.

But 10 million others who never entered those camps were shot mostly Jewsbloodlanvs starved to death mostly Soviet prisoners of war or gassed in special “killing centres” which were not holding camps at all. But what about the perpetrators doing their ruthless acts on site — timkthy mass shootings, starvations and other sadistic acts? The poor beknighted ribbon of land caught between Hitler and Stalin, monstrous merciless dictators, with their absolutist ideologies and willing apparatchiks.


But so is its negation. Both my parents were adults and have told me and my sisters a lot about it. To ask other readers questions about Bloodlandsplease sign up. Many people say stupid things about history.

Such an analysis is not present here. It destroys your belief in humanity, your optimism for human brotherhood, and causes you to feel unending grief and pain East of that line, in the lands where most of Europe’s Jews had once lived, the job had already been done by the firing-squads. He goes on to deal with Nazism; once more, the elimination of educated Poles, the attempts to depopulate Belarus, and the Final Solution. But this didn’t stop them from murdering the peoples and continue the lies.

The numbers murdered are incredible. History As Intention and Response History can be told in several ways: Snyder reinforces this by aligning the Holocaust with the fate of the Soviet prisoners of war. The details of the military campaign, as well as the ‘formal’ atrocities of Nazi concentration camps and the Soviet Gulag are important but, hitper a sense, obscure the nad and ultimate intentions to murder or displace the entire existing population of the region.

Jul 17, Justin Evans rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. Return to Book Page.

Any discussion about who was worse is, at its core, idiotic. Or to put it another way, Snyder draws only geographical links between the two tragedies — he does not attempt to find even partially overlapping explanations or implications for them.

The subject matter is heavy, but It’s not very difficult to read, thanks to the author’s good organization and presentation of his study.


Could not search author 5 42 Aug 23, The death and the confusion and the sheer stupidity of it all just marches on and on. He uses these gifts to provide a clearer picture of unimaginable horror and suffering.

Commitment, loyalty, passion to and for ideals, no matter what they are, or leaders who represent these ideals, no matter who they are, are not virtues but vices.

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

But Snyder doesn’t fall into such holes. For instance, we read a short letter written by Junita Vishniatskaia to her father shortly before she was shot in Minsk in July The death toll of the World War II-era defy comprehension. Snyder insists that the colossal atrocities bloolands his “bloodlands” have to be set inside a single historical frame.

I really thought I knew a lot about the war in Europe, but I’m realizing that I was missing a betaeen piece of the picture.

This, too, is quaggy ground for historians. And in bringing back the voices of the dead from diaries written, sometimes, up to the moment of death. Bloodlands is a new kind of European history, presenting the mass murders committed by the Nazi and Stalinist regimes as two aspects of a single history, in the time and place where they occurred: View all 8 comments.

The camera doesn’t focus on soldiers or military maneuvers or the other bllodlands in the war, or the U. Violence is not confidence, and terror is not mastery.