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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Yet they were given free rein in military areas by Hitler and received logistical priority, even in retreat. For example, I have long been disturbed by the use of the term Holocaust. Few wanted reminding that the only government that took direct action to help the Jews was the Polish one: 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.

The German and Soviet concentration camps surround the bloodlands, from both east and west, disguising the pure black with their shades of grey. This did not happen by chance. Though every 25 pages or so what appears on the page is so wrenching that one must close one’s eyes and shudder and wonder why this part of the story was largely unknown.

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Snyder cites the number 14 million. Is the increased value of farm land a national priority? Hardcoverpages. Europe Between Hitler and Stalinreview no. Along the way, the reader will encounter multiple personal vignettes about those who there, many of whom did not survive. The numbers are mind-boggling. But the real tragedy is the story of Poland as a whole, a vibrant and independent civilization that was intentionally beheaded by the Germans and Soviets after and drawn and quartered for good measure, whose cities were subject to deliberate obliteration.


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

It is oft said that history is written by the victors, and this was the case with World War II. Neither man was as concerned so much about the outcome of any particular battle as about his ability to carry out his ultimate purpose.

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These men were consistent in their pronouncements about what they intended to do and why. The text is accompanied by excellent maps.

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German policies of mass killing came to rival Soviet ones between September and Juneafter Stalin allowed Hitler to begin a war. The survival of Poland and Polish civilization at all seems a complete miracle. A comprehensive and eloquent account.

The Stalinist regime had already starved millions and shot the better part of a million. But so is bloolands negation. Or just let them rampage over the countryside? He dips down into the masses and chooses one or two telling examples from each murder, each siege, each starvation. We now know for certain it was the former, and Snyder details this. There are people, some even in the reviews on this site, who argue which people suffered more.

Both totalitarian empires turned human beings into statistics, and their deaths into a necessary step towards bloodlwnds better future.

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

Emmanuel Ringelblumwho created archives in the Warsaw ghetto making its history possible, and died betrayed. Skip to main content. Sebald who said that “no serious person ever thinks about anything else except Hitler and Stalin.

The dictators wielded frightening power to advance such fantasies toward reality, and the despots toted up about 14 million corpses between them, so stupefying a figure that Snyder sets himself three goals here: I was raised amongst survivors of the great horror that was the War in Eastern Europe.

The death and the confusion and the sheer stupidity of it all just marches on and on. Perhaps it is because I am in my 90th year, but I cannot believe many Americans have any idea how gigantic was the slaughter of innocent men, women, and children yes, even babies under the Stalin and Hitler regimes.


Europe Between Hitler and Stalin Lying end to end, the dead would stretch 13, miles. But Snyder, who sbyder a noble writer as well as a great researcher, knows that.

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

See all reviews. 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. I had to take long breaks from it to clear my head. One of the many strengths of this book is the numerous excellent maps set within the narrative.

Belzec, Sobibor and Treblinka. This book contains lots of numbers, big numbers that are hard to fathom. This book’s snydder account of the Ukraine famine shows conclusively that Stalin knew what was happening in the countryside and chose to let it snycer its course some 3 million died. Depictions of mass killing by starvation were particularly horrifying to this reader.

The barbarity exhibited by …more I’d say it has a lot less to do with socialism, and a lot more to do with two dictators obsession with race and nationality. Tlmothy Hitler was finally defeated, he had murdered six million Jews and nearly as many other Europeans. Retrieved March 7, Retrieved 5 August The author does a good job of balancing the numbingly huge numbers with the gloodlands accounts from letters and diaries of victims, recorded memories of survivors, and written records of the perpetrators.

One simple fact stands in for so many in the book: He is author also of Bloodlands: The book received favourable reviews in BBC History [17] The Seattle Times fimothy, [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.