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FAU Presents ‘Europe Between Stalin and Hitler: Understanding the Holocaust in Recent Research’ with Yale University Historian

BOCA RATON, FL (February 9, 2012) – The Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education at Florida Atlantic University will host the lecture, “Europe Between Hitler and Stalin: Understanding the Holocaust in Recent Research,” with Yale University historian Timothy Snyder, on Thursday, February 23, at 7 p.m., in the Libby and Harry Dodson Auditorium within the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. 

Based on his New York Times notable book and bestseller, Bloodlands, Europe between Hitler and Stalin (Random House, 2010), Snyder will discuss how the Holocaust emerged and the place of the Holocaust in the nature and development of the policies of deliberate mass murder of civilians. In Bloodlands, Snyder synthesizes the past two decades of research about Eastern Europe during the Holocaust and World War II. He aims to correct the way people remember what happened.

“Shedding light on the disastrous effects of Germany’s mobile killing units during the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, Snyder compels us to reconsider our view of the Holocaust as predominately ‘industrialized’ killing,” said Rosanna Gatens, Ph.D., director of the Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education.  “Indeed, as he so clearly and graphically shows, half of the victims of the Holocaust were killed by firing squad and other more primitive methods near their homes, often with the help of neighbors and friends.  Together with the atrocities committed by the Soviet Union in this same area during these same years, this fuller history of the Holocaust raises even deeper questions about modern attitudes toward the value of human life.”

Snyder is a professor of history at Yale University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in modern East European political history.  He received a bachelor’s degree in European history from Brown University and received a doctorate from the University of Oxford where he was a British Marshall Scholar.  Snyder has held fellowships in Paris and Vienna, and an Academy Scholarship at Harvard University. A prolific author, his books include The Reconstruction of Nations, Sketches from a Secret War and The Red Prince

The lecture is free of charge and open to the public.  For more information or to register, contact Rose Gatens at 561-297-2929 or


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