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Timothy Snyder – The Holocaust as History and Warning

A history of the Holocaust must be contemporary, permitting us to experience what remains from the epoch of Hitler in our minds and in our lives.

Professor Timothy D. Snyder

Timothy Snyder is Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University. A renowned scholar and one of America’s leading public intellectuals, Snyder is the author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning books, including: Sketches from a Secret War: A Polish Artist’s Mission to Liberate Soviet Ukraine (2007); Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin (2010) and; On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (2017). A new work, The Origins of Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America, is forthcoming in 2018.

Professor Snyder visited UCD School of History in October 2017 where he gave a talk based on Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning. In this work, which was first published in 2015, Snyder argues that by overlooking the lessons of the Holocaust, we have misunderstood modernity and endangered the future. He argues that “a history of the Holocaust must be contemporary, permitting us to experience what remains from the epoch of Hitler in our minds and in our lives“.

Courtesy of UCD University Relations, the videos of Professor Snyder’s talk and Q&A are now available to watch on Youtube. They are also available to stream and download as an audio podcast.

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We would like to express our thanks to Andrew Fogarty of UCD University Relations for recording the lecture and making it available to us.

Image: Birkenau guard post by Jacomoman [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons