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Black earth : the holocaust as history and warning

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Call Number940.5318 S67bl
Dates[2015]; ©2015
Statement of ResponsibilityTimothy Snyder.
Creators & ContributorsSnyder, Timothy (author)
Summary"Based on new sources from eastern Europe and forgotten testimonies from Jewish survivors, Black Earth recounts the mass murder of the Jews as an event that is still close to us, more comprehensible than we would like to think, and thus all the more terrifying. The Holocaust began in a dark but accessible place, in Hitler's mind, with the thought that the elimination of Jews would restore balance to the planet and allow Germans to win the resources they desperately needed. Such a worldview could be realized only if Germany destroyed other states, so Hitler's aim was a colonial war in Europe itself. In the zones of statelessness, almost all Jews died. A few people, the righteous few, aided them, without support from institutions. Much of the new research in this book is devoted to understanding these extraordinary individuals. The almost insurmountable difficulties they faced only confirm the dangers of state destruction and ecological panic. These men and women should be emulated, but in similar circumstances few of us would do so. By overlooking the lessons of the Holocaust, Snyder concludes, we have misunderstood modernity and endangered the future." —Publisher
ContentsIntroduction: Hitler's world
  1. Living space
  2. Berlin, Warsaw, Moscow
  3. The promise of Palestine
  4. The state destroyers
  5. Double occupation
  6. The greater evil
  7. Germans, Poles, Soviets, Jews
  8. The Auschwitz paradox
  9. Sovereignty and survival
  10. The gray saviors
  11. Partisans of God and man
  12. The righteous few
Conclusion: Our world
Physical Description xiii, 462 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Carrier Typevolume
LanguageEnglish
PublisherNew York : Tim Duggan Books
EditionFirst edition
NotesIncludes bibliographical references (pages [397]–434) and index
RecognitionGifted in 2015 by David & Susie Zacks