Book Name: Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz
Author: Omer Bartov
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
File size: 64 Mb
File format: PDF
Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz Pdf Book Description:
“A substantive contribution to the history of ethnic strife and extreme violence” (The Wall Street Journal) plus a cautionary evaluation of how genocide may take root in the local level–turning neighbors, friends, and relatives from another–as viewed throughout the eastern European border city of Buczacz through World War II. For at least four hundred decades, the Eastern European border city of Buczacz–now component of Ukraine–has been home to a highly diverse citizenry. Then came World War II, and three decades after the whole Jewish population was killed by Ukrainian and German authorities, while Ukrainian nationalists eradicated Polish residents. In fact, however, this genocide did not occur so fast.
It starts in seeming peace, gradually and often undetected, the culmination of pent-up slights and grudges and indignities. The perpetrators are not only sociopathic soldiers. They’re neighbors and friends and loved ones. They’re also middle-aged guys who come from everywhere, often with their wives and kids and parents, and settle into a life of bourgeois comfort peppered with spells of mass murder.
For at least two decades Bartov, whose mom has been increased in Buczacz, traveled widely throughout the area, scouring archives and gathering tens of thousands of files seldom seen until today. He’s made use of countless first-person testimonies by victims, perpetrators, collaborators, and rescuers. Anatomy of a Genocide profoundly alters our comprehension of the societal dynamics of mass murdering and also the essence of the Holocaust as a whole. Bartov’s book is not only an effort to understand what occurred previously. It is a warning of how it may occur again, in our towns and cities–much simpler than we may believe.
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