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The Holocaust as History and Warning

In those areas, Nazi propaganda, identifying Jewish populations as collaborators with Soviet rule in a 'Judeobolshevik conspiracy' that demonized them to the population, and gave ethnic Russian or others a route to collaborate with Nazi rule. Lithuania in the late s was a sanctuary for refugee Jewish populations, but by they were almost all gone after that state was dismantled first by the Soviets, then the Nazis.

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This breakdown in civil authority is the result of the destruction of state apparatuses, and partly a product of the 'dual occupation' between two different political systems - Nazi and Soviet. The powerlessness of people without states is a direct influence from Hannah Arendt.

Where the state survived, even if it was a collaborator state, the Jews were thus exponentially more likely to survive. This ideology of genocidal ecology also influenced Hitler's pre-war foreign policy. In the early s, Hitler first attempted to ally with the United Kingdom, on the basis that he hoped to build a colonial empire in Russia as they had in India.

This seldom progressed, as the British government viewed Hitler's accelerated rearmament programs with suspicion. He had also crudely attempted to form an alliance with the Poles against the Soviet Union, but Poland, still a quasi-dictatorial state, resisted being a puppet in another empire's affairs. But once he had annexed Poland after , his policy shifted towards their mass death. There are also extensive chapters on those few who helped the Jewish people to resist and survive. Many of those who were most successful on a large scale were those who could use what state mechanisms still survived.

There are a few isolated instances of goodness, like Irene Sadler, or local communities which had sheltered their Jews. One hallmark of these people are the apolitical reasons why they did it.

Black Earth: the Holocaust as history and warning

Nearly all returned to their lives and sought no attention for what they had done. It first appears strange as to why Snyder included this chapter, but as an imperfect salve to the pessimistic view of human nature. This is 'the banality of good', another parallel with Arendt and an example of the better angels of human nature. The end of the book is an attempt to interpret the Holocaust as a teaching lesson of history.

Normally, such an idea would provoke skepticism. Often, the Holocaust is a crude teaching aid, an attempt to wish 'never again' when genocide has happened several times after in the 20th century. Why is there so much of an attempt to treat it in this way? Is it a warning? A lesson? Repentance to the dead?

Snyder concludes with a warning about the future of humanity, the problems of climate change, and shortages beyond the scale of technology to immediately solve. Such a warning sounds far-fetched now, or the result of didactic moralism. But it is not that remote. The idea of stateless or institutional breakdown could be tied loosely to ISIS, and its 'revolt against modernism' and the establishment of a new caliphate based on a distorted view of the past, beyond the reach of the modern world.

Or, perhaps, the rotten corpse of anti-Semitism or other ethnic prejudices stink beneath the floorboards of Europe. But so long as a single group can be blamed for a nations' problems and there are charismatic killers ready to harness that prejudice, there is the horrible possibility that this could indeed happen again. View all 4 comments.

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I picked this book because in the sixth grade I had one of the most amazing teacher that I can remember. She spent 9 weeks teaching us the history of the Holocaust. My son is in the sixth grade so I thought I would brush up with the history of that tragedy with this book. This book is almost over my head. It did not work for what I had intended it for.

But does that mean it's a bad book? Of course not. Snyder gives a detailed. Sometimes almost mind numbingly so recounting of Hitler's maniacal ri I picked this book because in the sixth grade I had one of the most amazing teacher that I can remember. Sometimes almost mind numbingly so recounting of Hitler's maniacal rise and then he makes you stop and think Could something similar happen now?

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Don't shake your head no so fast, buster. He uses other for instances but it's my little review space and I tend to ramble so I'm using one that I know of recently.. My state Six Flags featured a day for each of several religions. I know that they had "Christian Day" and several other "special days" featured. Then they had "Muslim Day".

People flipped their lids. Social media blew up with hate and ramblings and honestly? If I had been Muslim there is no way in heck that I would attend that event that day.

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Because what was being posted scared me. Hate festers and spreads. Then Snyder talks about world climate and how if food sources were in short supply, what would happen? Would people turn against a group of people with the whole survival of the fittest in mind? Most of the reviews on Goodreads and everywhere else I looked have this book as a highly rated book.

And it's good.

But, to me the author talks over most people's head on a subject that needs to be talked about and remembered. I just wish that it had been a tad bit more understandable. Booksource: Blogging for books in exchange for review. Of course, everyone has differing opinions of books and their meanings. I adore my friend Elyse's review and wish that I had gotten as much from the book as she had. View all 13 comments.

Oct 18, Paul Bryant rated it liked it Shelves: holocaust-literature. Turgid, tiresome, tedious and inelegant, hammering metronomically away at three fundamental ideas, this book nevertheless gives the patient reader you have to be very patient some great perspectives on the Holocaust. He was way beyo Turgid, tiresome, tedious and inelegant, hammering metronomically away at three fundamental ideas, this book nevertheless gives the patient reader you have to be very patient some great perspectives on the Holocaust.

He was way beyond what you might have thought he was.

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Black Earth. The Holocaust as History and Warning

AH believed that all races on Earth must contend for its limited resources in ceaseless struggle. Ceaseless means ceaseless. If the Aryan race succeeds in colonising the vast lands occupied by Slavic subhumans to the East, then so be it. If they fail, as they did, then so be that too. In the bunker in Hitler acknowledged Russian superiority and washed his hands of the rubbishy Germans before committing suicide.

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Snyder presents Hitler as an apocalyptic radical. I never read an account of Hitler like this. Fantastic stuff. The murder of Jews is hardly mentioned for entire chapters. The intricate politics of Poland, a mouse between two ravening tigers, and their deep involvement in the attempts to forge a Jewish state in Palestine are now our subject. You see the complexities of it right here — the British declared war on Germany in support of Polish independence. Poland was supporting Jewish terrorists in Palestine against the British because if there was a Jewish state, Poland could ship its three million Jews off there.

The snake eats its own tail. Other Holocaust histories begin in Germany with the Nazi state beginning to crush the Jews — excluding them from professions, expropriating their property, making them change their names to Abraham and Sarah, etc. The picture is one of ever-tightening screws applied by the State.