In the years that Hitler was in power, on the lands where the Holocaust took place, eight million non- Jews were deliberately murdered before and during the implementation of the Final Solution. The Holocaust was the terrifying apex of the most fearsome moral and demographic catastrophe in the history of the West. This lecture will provide an account of the Holocaust which, while preserving its specificity, anchors it historically in its time and place.


About the Speaker: Timothy Snyder received his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1997, where he was a British Marshall Scholar. He has held fellowships in Paris and Vienna, and an Academy Scholarship at Harvard. His recent works include Sketches from a Secret War: A Polish Artist’s Mission to Liberate Soviet Ukraine (Yale University Press, 2005, Pro Historia Polonorum award), The Red Prince: The Secret Lives of A Habsburg Archduke (Basic Books, 2008), and Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin (Basic Books, 2010). He is also the co-editor of Wall Around the West: State Power and Immigration Controls in Europe and North America (Rowman and Littlefield, 2001). His most recent book is Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin, a history of Nazi and Soviet mass killing on the lands between Berlin and Moscow. A New York Times bestseller and a book of the year according to The Atlantic, The Independent, The Financial Times, The Telegraph, The Economist, History Today, the Seattle Times and the New Statesman.