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Book review: Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning by Timothy Snyder

By David Cesarani   October 2015

Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning by Timothy Snyder (Bodley Head, £25)black earth jacket books

Timothy Snyder boldly rejects traditional explanations for the destruction of Europe’s Jewish communities. Non-Germans, he notes, killed as many Jews as did the Germans, even though their anti-semitism was quite different from Adolf Hitler’s. Hitler believed the Jews invented law and the state to constrain the forces of nature. He wanted to restore the natural order so that the superior Aryan species would predominate and save the planet. The Nazi Party, the Volk, the German state…

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