Paperback Black earth : the Holocaust as history and warning / Timothy Snyder.
Publication year: 2016
Publisher: London : Vintage,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9781784701482 (pbk.) :
Originally published: London: The Bodley Head, 2015.
We have come to see the Holocaust as a factory of death, organised by bureaucrats. Yet by the time the gas chambers became operational more than a million European Jews were already dead: shot at close range over pits and ravines. They had been murdered in the lawless killing zones created by the German colonial war in the East, many on the fertile black earth that the Nazis believed would feed the German people. It comforts us to believe that the Holocaust was a unique event. But as Timothy Snyder shows, we have missed basic lessons of the history of the Holocaust, and some of our beliefs are frighteningly close to the ecological panic that Hitler expressed in the 1920s.
xv, 462 pages : maps (black and white) ; 20 cm