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Holocaust: “14 million x 1”
ALEXANDRA FORAN
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Writer of the book “Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin,” Timothy Snyder, presented a lecture in the Student Center Auditorium on Tuesday April 10. The lecture was about his book, which hinges upon two main ideas: why 14 million people being killed in the heartland of Europe (between Germany and Russia) by both the Germans and Russians was not a “surprise” and the actual policies that unfolded from these two regimes during the Holocaust. Snyder began his lecture by sharing the penultimate stories of three people who were killed during the Holocaust. A Ukranian man who starved in 1933 and dug his own grave, an older sister who scratched a message to her mother about her family and how she wished they were together in Hebrew on the walls of a concentration facility in Ukraine, and a Soviet officer captured by the KGB

who wrote down all the atrocities he had witnessed. Yet, these are only three of the more than 14 million stories, 14 million lives, Snyder noted. “14 million people is a big number, it becomes almost an abstraction,” said Snyder. The focus, Snyder feels, should be on the individuals. The 14 million people who died in this area during the Holocaust should be looked at as, “14 million x 1,” according to Snyder. Sharing a more human look at history will help people be able to not only better relate but better understand the impact of historical events, especially catastrophes such as this. Snyder explains that one of the biggest differences between the thirties and today is food. Fertilizers, hybrids, and pesticides have revolutionized the food industry – but in the thirties food was the most valuable resource, according to Snyder. “I just consumed as much calories in my

pizza for dinner as a village in the Ukraine would have in a week – that’s not an exaggeration,” said Snyder, in a non-joking manner. Both the Germans and Russians knew that they had to control this fertile territory: Poland, Ukraine, the Baltic region, and Belarus – they needed this region if they wanted to dominate Europe and ultimately take over the world, remarked Snyder. With that plan set into action, 14 million lives were ended, besides the tremendous millions of lives lost on and off the battlefield in other areas during the rest of the Holocaust. “History is ultimately about life, not death. Let me turn those numbers back into people,” Snyder concluded. With that, Snyder left the audience chilled by reading the names of the three people he initially mentioned that were killed during the Holocaust.

New equipment for chem. department
to use it and the feedback so far has been positive. A sophomore in Organic Chemistry, Nathan Hamm, said, “So far it seems to be definitely more efficient and user friendly than the older one.” The science departments had an infrared machine previously, but after breaking down a few times and with new technology available, the chemistry department decided this instrument was needed for the students. Students were restricted by the older machine for a few reasons. Hamm said the IR instrument is, “Definitely a good investment.” The previous IR instrument could only use a sample which was able to dissolve, meaning it could not analyze solids. The new IR can identify solids. The new IR machine, when connected to a computer, as it is now, can do an online library search and allows you to compare your own samples. The older instrument could not do that. The final major improvement is size. The new instrument is a lot smaller, which frees up space to have a computer and room for more instruments to come. “We are definitely on the right path for instrumentation in the science department,” said Dr. Williams. Professors in the science department are glad to see this improvement and think it will really benefit the education of science students. Professor Sheryl Burt, Lab Manager for Shrader this year, said “I’m very excited to have this up-to-date equipment for our students to use and gain valuable experience. I am grateful that we can get this instrument for the students. It is pretty neat.” Future improvements in the lab will continue to improve the quality of not only the courses available here at ENC but also the students who are able to use the latest and greatest equipment.

The new Infrared Spectrometer purchased by the Chemistry Department.

ALI POLCARI

BRUCE FAULKNER
Editor-in-Chief

The chemistry department just bought a new Infrared Spectrometer to continue to improve the instrumentation in Shrader Hall. Dr. Joe Williams, chemistry professor at ENC, says simply put, “The infrared machine helps us identify structures and compounds.” This instrument will be used

in General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Advanced Chemistry, and Senior Research in Chemistry, but may have uses in other courses as well. This instrument will be used by students to identify unknowns and compares their samples. The IR spectrometer may be a great asset to chemistry students working on their senior research projects, which will be on a variety of topics. Students have already begun

This class will explore philosophical and theological themes of social justice as presented in popular film, such as race, ethnicity, gender, economics, classicism and a variety of other themes that complicate the pursuit of justice in the world today. !While engaging a variety of films and television shows, students will read diverse writings on philosophy and social justice, and participate in purposeful classroom and online discussions.

Summer 2012 PH399: Topics in Philosophy:

May 8-24, weeknights 6-9:00 p.m. Questions? contact Dr. Eric Severson: eric.severson@enc.edu

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