The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy.

Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.

Timothy Snyder, one of the most celebrated historians of the Holocaust and author of Bloodlands, Black Earth and now On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, dissects the events and values that enabled the rise of Hitler and Stalin and the implementation of their catastrophic policies and draws from the darkest hours of the twentieth century to provide hope for the twenty-first.

This talks, co-presented with the Museum of Jewish Heritage, takes place at 36 Battery Place, NYC at the museum.

 

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Timothy Snyder is the Housum Professor of History at Yale University and a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is the author of the bestselling books Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin and Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning. His work has received the literature award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Hannah Arendt Prize and the Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding. Snyder is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and the Times Literary Supplement.

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  • On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

    Date: Thu, Mar 30, 2017, 7 pm

    Location: 36 Battery Place

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