Der Holocaust und seine geschichtspolitischen Lehren in der Darstellung von Timothy Snyder

In his works on terror and the politics of annihilation during the Second World War, U.S. historian Timothy Snyder claims to overcome the narrow perspective of a historiography focused on nation states by examining the space of terror and the intersecting interests and dynamics within. However, his broadly received books Bloodlands and Black Earth show that Snyder’s account is also informed by historico-political interests; this is evident, for example, in his consistently positive depiction of Polish society, which goes hand in hand with a consistently negative depiction of Soviet partisans. Snyder’s work is also characterized by his understatement of the state’s and bureaucracies’ role in terror, and, at the same time, his view that the destruction of the state is the essential prerequisite of the Holocaust: a diagnosis that leads him to present Hitler as an “anarchist.” In real-political terms, Synder’s historico-political conclusions are leading to the affirmation of nation-state structures.
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