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Black Earth by Timothy Snyder
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it was amazing
bookshelves: history, genocide-writng

This was a big book and it'll be a big project to review it, not sure I'll get around to it before the end of the year, but I wanted to get it onto the record for 2016. Very important read and highly recommended. There is always more to learn about the Holocaust, unfortunately, and this is a crucial new--and much wider--angle. Particularly vital at this juncture in history, I'm afraid.
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Timothy Snyder
“Our intuitions fail us. We rightly associate the Holocaust with Nazi ideology, but forget that many of the killers were not Nazis or even Germans. We think first of German Jews, although almost all of the Jews killed in the Holocaust lived beyond Germany. We”
Timothy Snyder, Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning

Timothy Snyder
“Since homo sapiens can survive only by unrestrained racial killing, a Jewish triumph of reason over impulse would mean the end of the species. What a race needed, thought Hitler, was a “worldview” that permitted it to triumph, which meant, in the final analysis, “faith” in its own mindless mission.”
Timothy Snyder, Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning

Timothy Snyder
“Erich Koch, chosen by Hitler to rule Ukraine, made the point about the inferiority of Ukrainians with a certain simplicity: “If I find a Ukrainian who is worthy to sit with me at table, I must have him shot.” Even”
Timothy Snyder, Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning

Timothy Snyder
“Who,” asked Hitler, “remembers the Red Indians?” For Hitler, Africa was the source of the imperial references but not the actual site of empire; eastern Europe was that actual site, and it was to be remade just as North America had been remade.”
Timothy Snyder, Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning

Timothy Snyder
“Nevertheless, disorderly violence within the Reich itself was revealed to be a dead end. Most of German public opinion was opposed to the chaos. Visible despair led to expressions of sympathy with Jews, rather than the spiritual distancing that Nazis expected. Of course, it was possible for Germans not to wish to see violence inflicted upon Jews while at the same time not wishing to see Jews at all. Göring, Himmler, and Heydrich immediately drew the conclusion that inspiring pogroms inside Germany had been a mistake. Not long after they would organize pogroms in much the same way as Goebbels had, but beyond the borders of Germany, in time of war, in places where German force had destroyed the state.”
Timothy Snyder, Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning

Timothy Snyder
“The lesson that Hitler had drawn from the Balkans, Schmitt presented as a purely German idea: There is no such thing as domestic politics as such, since everything begins with the confrontation with a chosen foreign enemy. The definition of the domestic was that which had to be manipulated to destroy what is foreign. Germany itself had no content. The idea of the people, the Volk, was there to persuade Germans to throw themselves into their murderous destiny as a race. The people were only what they proved themselves to be, which without struggle was nothing.”
Timothy Snyder, Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning

Timothy Snyder
“Hitler was not a German nationalist, sure of German victory, aiming for an enlarged German state. He was a zoological anarchist who believed that there was a true state of nature to be restored. The”
Timothy Snyder, Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning

Timothy Snyder
“It turned out that the Germans were not, in fact, a master race. Hitler had accepted this possibility when he invaded the Soviet Union: “If the German people is not strong enough and devoted enough to give its blood for its existence, let it go and be destroyed by another, stronger man. I shall not shed tears for the German people.” Over the course of the war, Hitler changed his attitude towards the Soviet Union and the Russians: Stalin was not a tool of the Jews but their enemy, the USSR was not or was no longer Jewish, and its population turned out, upon investigation, not to be subhuman. In the end, Hitler decided, “the future belongs entirely to the stronger people of the east.”
Timothy Snyder, Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning

Timothy Snyder
“Between July 1942 and June 1943, only 4,705 Jews were admitted to the United States—fewer than the number of Warsaw Jews who were killed on a given day at Treblinka in summer 1942.”
Timothy Snyder, Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning

Timothy Snyder
“In a new Russian colonialism that began in 2013, Russian leaders and propagandists imagined neighboring Ukrainians out of existence or presented them as sub-Russians. In characterizations that recall what Hitler said about Ukrainians (and Russians), Russian leaders described Ukraine as an artificial entity with no history, culture, and language, backed by some global agglomeration of Jews, gays, Europeans, and Americans. In”
Timothy Snyder, Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning


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December 16, 2016 – Shelved as: history
August 11, 2019 – Shelved as: genocide-writng

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