Yale Scholar to Present Talk on East European Context of the Holocaust

"Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin," a talk by Yale professor Timothy Snyder, author of a 2010 best-selling, award-winning book by the same name about the mass killings that took place on the lands between Moscow and Berlin between 1930 and 1945, will be held on February 15 at 5:15 p.m. in the Donnelley Lecture Hall, Heimbold Visual Arts Center at Sarah Lawrence College. A reception will follow. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

A New York Times bestseller, Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin (Basic Books, 2010) was cited as "book of the year” by a dozen publications including The Atlantic, The Independent, The Financial Times, the Telegraph, The Economist, History Today, the Seattle Times and the New Statesman.

"Timothy Snyder has restored the Holocaust to its mainly East European context, a context that included the murder of millions at the hands of Hitler's and Stalin's brutal regimes," said Sarah Lawrence professor of Jewish Studies Glenn Dynner. "Snyder's careful attention to non-Jewish in addition to Jewish victims only enhances the enormity of Hitler's specifically anti-Jewish campaign, illustrating its unprecedented focus, scale, and systematic nature. By blending meticulous compilations of statistical data with gut-wrenching personal anecdotes, Snyder helps us begin to get our minds and hearts around the Twentieth Century's most horrific event."

Author of several other award-winning books, including Nationalism, Marxism, and Modern Central Europe: A Biography of Kazimierz Kelles-Krauz; The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, 1569-1999; and Sketches from a Secret War: A Polish Artist's Mission to Liberate Soviet Ukraine, Timothy Snyder is Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University.

A graduate of Brown University, Snyder earned his PhD in 1995 at the University of Oxford as a Marshall Scholar. He was an Academy Scholar at Harvard University from 1998 to 2001 and also studied at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna. His articles and editorials have appeared in numerous publications, including the Christian Science Monitor and the New York Review of Books.