The 14 million victims were mostly native to that region: Jews, Belarusians, … Yet Snyder does not exactly compare the two systems either. In his telling, the genocide of the Jews is only one chapter in a broader story: the targeting and mass murder of civilians between 1932 to 1945 in Eastern Europe. “[A] superb and harrowing history.... Snyder presents material that is undeniably fresh – what’s more, it comes from sources in languages with which very few western academics are familiar. Yet there is a difference between a camp sentence and a death sentence, between labor and gas, between slavery and bullets. Before the Second World War, in the first six-and-a-half years after Hitler came to power, the Nazi regime killed no more than about ten thousand people. It is an area that stretches from St. Petersburg in the north, encompasses the entire eastern shore of the Baltic to Danzig, all of Poland, and on, down to the entire Crimea, and touching the Don River in the east. Instead of studying Nazi atrocities or Soviet atrocities separately, as many others have done, he looks at them together. Northern Irish police detective Tom Brannick who connects a suicide note with an infamous … Most killing sites were in the bloodlands: in the political geography of the 1930s and early1940s, this meant Poland,the Baltic States, Soviet Belarus, Soviet Ukraine, and the western fringe of Soviet Russia. Consequently, in adulthood, I have read many books and watched many movies/documentaries on World War II in an effort to understand man’s inhumanity to man. Right after the invasion began, the Wehrmacht began to starve its Soviet prisoners,and special task forces called Einsatzgruppen began to shoot political enemies and Jews. Bloodlands is a new kind of European history, presenting the mass murders committed by the Nazi and Stalinist regimes as two aspects of a single history, in the time and place where they occurred: between Germany and Russia, when Hitler and Stalin both held power. Although the Second World War began in September 1939 with the joint German-Soviet invasion of Poland, its bloody essence was the German-Soviet conflict that began with that second eastern invasion. Americans call the Second World War “The Good War.” But before it even began, America’s wartime ally Josef Stalin had killed millions of his own citizens—and kept killing them during and after the war. I have never seen a book like it.” - The New Republic, Istvan Deak, “[G]ripping and comprehensive.... Mr. Snyder’s book is revisionist history of the best kind: in spare, closely argued prose, with meticulous use of statistics, he makes the reader rethink some of the best-known episodes in Europe’s modern history…. Yet, this makes the impact of the depravity more shockingly real and historically faithful. Germany was the site of concentration camps liberated by the Americans and the British in 1945;Russian Siberia was of course the site of much of the Gulag, made known in the West by Alexander Solzhenitsyn. I have attended lectures by Holocaust survivors at the Bremen Museum, and as I have traveled the world, I have visited several museums dedicated to this subject. The book is also laser focused on a particular region of the European conflict, while spanning a broader timeframe encompassing the pre- and post-war years. The bloodlands were where most of Europe’s Jews lived, where Hitler and Stalin’s imperial plans overlapped, where the Wehrmachtand the Red Army fought, and where the Soviet NKVD and the German SS concentrated their forces.