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History lecture on Nazi, Soviet killings

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 12:48 p.m. CDT

DeKALB – Bestselling author Timothy Snyder, an award-winning historian of Europe and genocide, will visit Northern Illinois University Sept. 19 to deliver a presentation titled, “Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin,” based on his recent bestselling book of the same title.

Snyder, the Housum Professor of History at Yale University, will begin his talk at 7 p.m. in the Altgeld Hall Auditorium. His presentation is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the NIU Department of History and the W. Bruce Lincoln Endowment.

“Bloodlands” is a history of Nazi and Soviet mass killing on the lands between Berlin and Moscow. The book has received a number of honors, including the Leipzig Book Award for European Understanding and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award in the Humanities. It was named a book of the year by some dozen publications, has been translated into more than 20 languages and was a bestseller in four countries.

“Over the last decade, Tim Snyder’s ground-breaking work, informed by assiduous archival research and broad reading of secondary sources in some 10 languages, has changed the way historians look at Europe in the 20th century,” NIU history professor Nancy Wingfield said.

“Elegantly written and clearly argued, his books are accessible to the wider public. Moreover, his numerous contributions to popular journals and his public lectures and interviews make him one of the most visible public intellectuals not only in the U.S., but also throughout Europe.”

Snyder received his doctorate in 1997 from the University of Oxford, where he was a British Marshall Scholar. Before joining the faculty at Yale in 2001, he held fellowships in Paris and Vienna, and an Academy Scholarship at Harvard.

Snyder has penned four other award-winning books. He is also the co-editor of two books.

Most recently, he helped the late Tony Judt write a thematic history of political ideas and intellectuals in politics, “Thinking the Twentieth Century,” published in February. He is completing a book titled, “Why Don’t We Understand the Holocaust?”

Snyder has written for the New York Review of Books, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Times Literary Supplement, Foreign Affairs, New Republic, Prospect, The Nation, Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Tribune and Wilson Quarterly.

He is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; sits on the advisory councils of the Yivo Institute for Jewish Research, the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies; and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Modern European History and East European Politics and Societies.

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