Timothy Snyder


On his book Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

Cover Interview of November 28, 2010

In a nutshell

Between 1933 and 1945, when both Hitler and Stalin were in power, their two regimes murdered some fourteen million people in the lands between Berlin and Moscow, which I call the Bloodlands.

This region then fell into shadow.  Because the lands where Hitler killed during the war—Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, the Baltics, western Russia—all became part of Stalin’s empire thereafter.

I argue that the killing in the Bloodlands is the central event of the twentieth century.  My book is its history.