[updated 1 March 2013]
This journal holds leading historian Professor Timothy Snyder (Yale University) in the highest esteem, and trusts that this select list of reviews taking issue with aspects of Bloodlands of direct concern to DefendingHistory.com will not be taken amiss. It does not include reviews which have engaged in personal attack or pursued grudges, or which focus on other issues.
PREPUBLICATION DISCUSSION IN THE GUARDIAN (SEPT-OCT 2010): Timothy Snyder replied to Efraim Zuroff and Dovid Katz replying to him
POSTPUBLICATION ROUNDTABLE AT MONASH UNIVERSITY, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (5 JUNE 2011): Patrick Desbois, Jan Gross, Dovid Katz, Timothy Snyder
AN OPEN LETTER TO PROFESSOR TIMOTHY SNYDER FOLLOWING HIS PARTICIPATION IN A HOLOCAUST SYMPOSIUM IN VILNIUS (MAY 2012) IN THE WEEK WHEN THE 1941 NAZI PUPPET PM WAS REBURIED WITH FULL HONORS AND GLORIFIED.
In May 2012, the foreign minister of Lithuania (left) honored Prof. Snyder in the week during which his government was reburying with full honors the 1941 Nazi puppet prime minister. The foreign minister is known for his antisemitic outbursts, his Hitler-Stalin “moustache comparison” and his defense of the Nazi’s reburial on the floor the nation’s parliament. The event has been seen as part of a wider pattern of high officials honoring western dignitaries who seem to be supporting — or can be presented as favoring — one or more components of Baltic revisionist history.
In July 2012, the Lithuanian foreign minister explained how Professor Snyder’s Bloodlands will be utilized during Lithuania’s (rotating) EU presidency in 2013, as part of a wider “Double Genocide offensive” in the EU. The use of Bloodlands for the nationalist narrative had earlier been proposed or explained by professors Saulius Sužiedėlis and Egidijus Aleksandravičius. Earlier (ab)use of ‘Bloodlands’ included a September 2011 book event held at the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry.
On 29 August 2012, BNS (Baltic News Service) reported that Professor Snyder was one of the new recruits for the International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania, known for short as the “Red-Brown Commission.” The prestigious appointment was heralded a day earlier by a statement mentioning only the Yale affiliation. Report on the commission’s renewal. Background on the commission, and on the history of opposition. Scholars who have resigned on principle from the commission and associated panel of experts include Dr. Yitzhak Arad (Tel Aviv), Sir Martin Gilbert (London), Prof. Gershon Greenberg (Washington, DC), Prof. Konrad Kwiet (Sydney) and Prof. Dov Levin (Jerusalem). In September 2012, the last active association of Holocaust survivors from Lithuania protested the commission’s renewal.
Select reviews of Bloodlands, and related articles, focusing on issues central to DefendingHistory.com
NOTE: This is not an exhaustive list. For general purpose reviews and information on book awards, readers are referred to the book’s website: www.bloodlandsbook.com.