Black Earth : The Holocaust as History and Warning
by Timothy Snyder
Editor: Vintage Publishing
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NOMINATED FOR 2015 SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE We have come to see the Holocaust as a factory of death, organized by bureaucratsYet by the time the gas chambers became operation more than a million European Jews had already died: killed at close range over wells and ravinesThey had been murdered in the ungodly kill the areas created by the German colonial war in the East, many on the fertile lands of the Black Land which the Nazis considered would feed the German peopleHe comforts us to believe that the Holocaust was a unique eventBut as Timothy Snyder shows, we missed some basic courses in the history of the Shoah, and some of our beliefs are frighteningly close to the ecological panic that Hitler expressed in the 1920sAs ideological and environmental challenges to the Mount World order, our societies could be more vulnerable than we may thinkTimothy Snyder’s Bloodlands was a famous exploration of what happened in eastern Europe between 1933 and 1945, when the Nazis and Soviet politics brought death to some 14 million peopleFrom Black Earth is an in-depth exploration of ideas and politics that allowed the worst of these policies, the extermination of JewsIts pioneering role in dealing with this unprecedented success of crime makes the Holocaust intelligible, and therefore all the more terrifying
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