Monday, January 28, 2008

Evil in European History

The latest New York Review of Books has two essays in it about the legacy of evil in Europe. One, by the estimable Tony Judt, is entitled "The 'Problem if Evil' in Postwar Europe." The other, by Pulitzer Prize recipient Anne Applebaum, is about Andrzej Wajda's film Katyn. While most Americans do not know what Katyn refers to, in Poland it is as well known as the Shoah is here. Katyn refers to a notorius massacre of Polish troops by the Soviet Union, long blamed on the Nazis by the USSR and the Polish puppet government. I really want to see this movie, although I don't think that is yet possible in the US.
Journalist and now New Yorker editor David Remnick opens his book Lenin's Tomb with a fascinating account of unmasking the myth of Katyn.

2 comments:

politics watch said...

I'm sure you may have run across this article already, but if you haven't, it's quite interesting about the power balance of the USA, China and the EU
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/27/magazine/27world-t.html?pagewanted=1&ei=5087&em&en=18611d3851e4b3ec&ex=1201669200

sockrateaser said...

Interesting, I'll read that.