Fear of the Past

Timothy Snyder in The next genocide (“International New York Times”, September 14, 2015, p. 11) assumes that:

The Holocaust may seem a distant horror whose lessons have already been learned. But sadly, the anxieties of our own era could once again give rise to scapegoats and imagined enemies, while contemporary environmental stresses could encourage new variations on Hitler’s ideas, especially in countries anxious about feeding their growing populations or maintaining a rising standard of living.

Timothy Snyder is a professor of history at Yale University and the author of Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning, recently reviewed by Adam Gopnik and Richard J. Evans. This a just an introductory chapter, as we may discuss this evening with… Martin Amis on how we failed to learn from the Nazi genocide. At Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Martin Amis has a public reading from his most recent novel, The Zone of Interest. More on this meeting with such a wonderful writer, later!