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Yale History Professor Timothy Snyder Brings the Holocaust Under New Scrutiny

9781101903452By Timothy Snyder, author of Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning (Tim Duggan Books, September 2015).

Many of us want, need, or are simply required to teach the history of the Holocaust. But how should we do so? One problem, at least on American campuses, is that the Holocaust, in its very intensity and horror, seems too intense to be history, eluding context and thus understanding. Students can be left with images and memories, but with no clear sense as to how such an event took place. I wrote Black Earth in the hope that the Holocaust could be understood as part of global history, and that students interested in the wider world of the past could read the book as part of that journey. Continue reading

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Cohen’s NYT book review, “The Banality of Good”

EVERY MAN DIES ALONE by Hans Fallada

“What Irène Némirovsky’s Suite Française did for wartime France after six decades in obscurity, Fallada does for wartime Berlin”, so writes Roger Cohen in his laudatory review of Hans Fallada’s harrowing Every Man Dies Alone, now available in English more than 60 years after its initial publication in Germany.

A powerful novel based on the real-life exploits of couple Otto and Elise Hampel, whose defiance of Hitler via a postcard campaign led to their eventual and brutal execution, Every Man Dies Alone is, according to the New York Observer, “one of the most immediate and authentic fictional accounts of life during the long nightmare of Nazi rule.”

Click here  to read Cohen’s full review, “The Banality of Good”, and click here to begin reading the book.

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