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5.0 out of 5 stars The True Horror.
I was raised amongst survivors of the great horror that was the War in Eastern Europe. My mother endured forced labour under the Soviets in 1940 and slave labour under the Nazis after 1941. She saw some of her family being deported by the Soviets to almost certain death in Kazakhstan and discovered the rest in a mass grave, shot by the Nazis. Her best friend survived...
Published on 24 Oct 2011 by Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure what all the hype is about
The book is a solid review of the atrocities committed in Poland, Belarus, the Baltic states and Ukraine during the Stalin/Hitler regimes. Though for the most part well-written, it consolidates a lot of information without presenting any "wow" thesis about what happened. For those unfamiliar with the history, it will be an interesting read, though at times the author...
Published on 8 Aug 2011 by J. Crane


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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant, 9 May 2011
I have always had an interest in the second world war, particularly from the perspective of the Nazis and Soviets and have numerous books on the subject. I am incredibly happy this book was my first purchase for my kindle. The detail of the research is incredible. Even though I am more than aware of the numbers involved in attrocities committed in this horriffic conflict, this book still had an effect on me. The way it is written really does cement the sheer horror people in the "bloodlands" suffered. Numerous mentions of massacres in the several thousands throughout its pages, I personally feel gives it real impact. More so than just saying several million.

I would recommend this to anyone who has an interest in the subject, or wishes to question just quite what humanity is capable of
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5.0 out of 5 stars a marvel, 9 Aug 2014
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terrifyingly great
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book., 11 Jan 2014
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This is a very worthwhile book and incredibly interesting. The subject matter makes for harrowing reading. Mr Snyder has collated a great deal of information and shown it from a perspective that we in the "West" seldom appreciate. The sheer numbers of people who became victims of the 2 dictatorships focussed upon are mind-blowing. We see and hear of "survivors"- most did not survive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars important book but not easy to read, 6 July 2013
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Big history book, very important for understanding the going in Europe in the early 1900's but not an easy to read. Would recomend for History hard-core junkeis ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift., 18 Jan 2014
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I haven't read it myself but I was told that it was good. There are some maps in the book which were interesting.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hugely biased survey of Eastern Europe, 9 Oct 2012
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Timothy Snyder is Professor of History at Yale University. This is a hugely biased book, in which he tries to equate fascism and anti-fascism, Nazism and communism, the attacker and the attacked.

His first lie occurs just five lines in - "Stalin was deliberately starving Soviet Ukraine." Next he lies that the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany were `allies'. Then he lies that "Stalin allowed Hitler to begin a war." And then he lies about the `joint German-Soviet invasion of Poland'.

But gradually during the book some truth creeps in. His first true statement is, "Ninety per cent of those who entered the Gulag left it alive." And on the Soviet occupation of eastern Poland, he writes, "Usually the Red Army behaved well ..." He writes of "Soviet deportations, which, deadly as they were, preserved Polish Jews from German bullets." And he remarks, "unlike Hitler, Stalin did not understand `resettlement' as a euphemism for mass killing."

Snyder notes the extent of Eastern European collaboration with the Nazi invaders. Leading Ukrainian nationalists gathered intelligence for the SS intelligence service. He observes, "In the Baltics, Ukraine and Poland, some partisans were openly anti-Semitic, and continued to use the Nazi tactic of associating Soviet power with Jewry." In July 1941, Lithuanians killed 2,500 Jews. But helping Hitler did not save them: by December, 133,346 Lithuanians had been killed, including 114,856 Jews.

In Latvia, 69,750 Jews were killed. The Arajs Commando burned Jews alive in the Riga synagogue.

"Estonians from the Self-Defence Commando killed all 963 Estonian Jews who could be found, at German orders." 5,000 Estonians were killed for supposedly collaborating with the Soviet Union.

In east Poland, in June 1941, local militias killed 19,655 Jews. Snyder notes that in 1943, "units of the Home Army sometimes shot armed Jews in the countryside as bandits. In a few cases, Home Army soldiers killed Jews in order to steal their property." Romania killed 300,000 Jews.

He comments of the Red Army's behaviour in Germany in 1945, "The behavior of many Soviet soldiers was certainly tolerated by the high command and expected by Stalin; the Red Army would not have been in Germany, however, had the Wehrmacht not invaded the Soviet Union."

And he generously writes that Communists "could rightly say that few people in the West appreciated the role of the Red Army in the defeat of the Wehrmacht, and the suffering that the peoples of eastern Europe endured under German occupation."

He writes, rather naively, "People who called others subhuman were themselves subhuman ..."

He makes some good points about reactionary historians' inflating numbers killed, writing, "Even so, the independent Ukrainian state has sometimes displayed the politics of exaggeration. In Ukraine, which was a major site of both Stalin's famine of 1932-1933 and the Holocaust in 1941-1944, the number of Ukrainians killed in the former has been exaggerated to exceed the total number of Jews killed in the latter. Between 2005 and 2009, Ukrainian historians connected to state institutions repeated the figure of ten million deaths in the famine, without any attempt at demonstration."

He observes, "German journalists and (some) historians, however, have exaggerated the number of Germans killed during wartime and postwar evacuation, flight, or deportation since the end of the Second World War. Figures of one or even two million deaths are still cited, with no demonstration.
As long ago as 1974, a report of West German archives placed the number of deaths of Germans who fled or were deported from Poland at about four hundred thousand; it was suppressed because the numbers were too low to serve the political purpose of documenting victimhood. This report also estimated deaths of Germans from Czechoslovakia at two hundred thousand. According to a joint report of Czech and German historians, this second figure is exaggerated by a factor of about ten. So the figure of four hundred thousand Germans killed leaving Poland ... is perhaps better regarded as a maximum than a minimum."

And he points out, "The experience of the fleeing, evacuated, and deported Germans was not, however, comparable to that of the ten million Polish, Soviet, Lithuanian, and Latvian citizens, Jews and others, who were subject to deliberate German policies of mass murder. Ethnic cleansing and mass killing, though related in a number of ways, are not the same thing. Even at their worst, the horrors visited on Germans in flight or during deportation were not mass killing policies ..."
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2 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars book review, 21 April 2012
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This book is not an easy read. The beginning is too confusing but fortunately it picks up and now I kind of fancy a trip to this area.
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