Timothy Snyder’s Black Earth is a penetrating look at the origins of the Holocaust with application for today.
One of the first things I did upon receiving this volume was the check the end notes and index. Even a cursory examination of the notes and the source material reveals that Snyder has exercised due diligence in examining primary and secondary sources. This is definitely not a fluff historical work.
This book helps give them reader an understanding of how an entire society can be moved to such great levels of evil. It also provides illumination as to what motivated Hitler in a way that is helpful to the reader. Even in highlighting the darkness of the Holocaust Snyder is able to demonstrate that there were those who sheltered and protected Jews.
Snyder’s application of the relevance of the Holocaust might be the most controversial part of the work. I think any reader will have to seriously wrestle with Snyder’s application and the faults that he finds in the Right and the Left in America. It is all too easy to assume that nothing like the Holocaust could happen in America, which is sadly wrong as abortion is an evil that has killed more than the Holocaust has. Many of the arguments used in regard in support of population control measures like abortion echo the same arguments Hitler used to incite a nation to conquer and exterminate.
If you have any interest in the Holocaust or have a desire to be informed on how such a thing could happen so that it might not happen again, get this book and read it. While I do not agree in total with the authors conclusions I have found this to be an engaging work.
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