Northwestern University

Thu 5:00 PM

Black Earth: the Holocaust as History and Warning

When: Thursday, October 20, 2016
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM  

Where: Harris Hall, 107, 1881 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Ryan Anthony Serrano  

Group: Russian and Eastern European Studies Working Group (Buffett Institute)

Buffett Institute for Global Studies

Category: Lectures & Meetings


Dr. Timothy Snyder will be speaking on his New York Times bestselling book, Black Earth. BLACK EARTH explains in a forceful re-reading of the fundamental Nazi texts, the Holocaust began in Hitler’s mind. Hitler understood the planet as a limited resource and portrayed the Jewsas a supernatural power that prevented the races from undertaking the bloody struggle for what they deserved. Eradicating the Jews was a goal as much metaphysical and ecological as it was political and economic: doing so, Hitler thought, would restore balance to the entire planet and assure its bounty to the German people. Hitler’s worldview required a new kind of war—one that would allow Germans to destroy other states. It was in the territories of the Soviet Union, however, where the mass killing of Jews began.

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