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What Politics Can (and Can’t) Do to Prevent Another Holocaust

Good governments can slow the spread of genocide, but they can’t stop people from becoming genocidal. T oday, when we think Holocaust, we imagine “extravagant anti-Semitism,” says Timothy Snyder, a Yale historian. But what if the Holocaust wasn’t propelled by racism so much as by politics? That’s the claim Snyder makes in Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning, and it’s an unsettling one.
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