[Marxism] Fwd: Timothy Snyder’s Lies | Jacobin
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Tue Sep 9 07:51:22 MDT 2014
And so Snyder can have Hitler and Stalin collaborating in one another’s
crimes at a time when they were at each other’s throat without pausing
to explain how that could possible be. The effect is to suggest that the
two regimes were morally equivalent while avoiding an overt engagement
with the more unsavory implications associated with the concept of moral
equivalence that arose during the famous historikerstreit of the 1980s.
This “historians’ quarrel” was sparked in Germany when the right-wing
historian Ernst Nolte argued that Hitler’s war crimes should be seen,
not as unprecedented, but, rather, as a response to Bolshevik excesses.
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