Hitler And Stalin

During the period leading up to World War II, there were two famous dictators
who were on opposing sides, yet had similar records. These men were Adolph
Hitler and Joseph Stalin. They were each triumphant in their rise to power in
their countries and they were very comparable in the ways that they succeeded.

Their success was mostly attributed to their new ideas and their politics.

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Although Hitler and Stalin hated each other, the two leaders were similar in
many ways. Hitler and Stalin each rose to the highest position attainable in
their respective countries, and there were three main reasons that they were
able to do this. Both men were skilled users of propaganda, each was amoral, and
they both had the ambition to make their countries powerful in the world. Since
each was a skilled user of propaganda, they could use their words to twist and
manipulate the minds of people into believing that what they were saying was the
absolute truth. Using this power, they would get people to do anything for them,
which proves their amorality. Since their countries were still trying to recover
from World War I, they desired to restore the power back in to their countries.

These three reasons will prove that Hitler and Stalin were similar in many ways.

The names Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin are synonymous with the word
propaganda. In order to understand how Hitler and Stalin used propaganda, an
understanding of what the word means, is required. According to Merriam-Webster,
“propaganda is the spreading of ideas to further or damage a cause; also
the ideas or allegations spread for a purpose”. Hitler and Stalin each used
propaganda as their tool to further their ideas and help them gain the backing
of the people in their countries. The form of propaganda that Hitler used, and
was successful in using, was his words. Hitler made many speeches, but the one
that greatly stood out from the others was his final speech at his trial for
treason. In this speech he gave his views and opinions on the events preceding
the trial. This is an excerpt from his speech: “…I aimed from the first
to….become the destroyer of Marxism….The army that we are building grows
more from day to day, from hour to hour. Gentlemen, not you who will be the ones
that deliver the verdict over us, but that verdict will be given by the eternal
judgment of history, which will speak out against the accusation that has been
made against us….That court will judge us….as Germans (who) wanted only the
best for their people and their Fatherland, who fought and were willing to die.

You might just as well find us guilty a thousand times, but the goddess of the
eternal court of history will smile and tear up the motions of the states
attorney and the judgment of this court: for she finds us not guilty”. 1
After Hitler gave this speech, the court was sympathetic towards him, and he was
sentenced to only five years in prison for his crime. After nine months of his
sentence had been served, he received parole. Being able to gain Nazi party
control and gain enough supporters, proves that he was an efficient user of
propaganda. Hitler also had his own minister of propaganda when he became leader
of the country. This proves that Hitler was a big user of propaganda, but Joseph
Stalin was not as blatantly obvious with his uses of it. Stalin did, however,
use propaganda in his speech to the Fifteenth Congress in 1927. Stalin said in
this speech: ” Evidently, the opposition prefers to be outside the party.

Well, let it be outside the party. There is nothing terrible, or exceptional, or
surprising in the fact that they prefer to be outside the party, that they are
cutting themselves off from the party. If you study the history of our party,
you will find that always, at certain serious turns taken by our party, a
certain section of the old leaders fell out of the cart of the Bolshevik party
and made room for newer members. A turn is a serious thing, comrades. A turn is
dangerous for those who do not sit firmly in the party cart. Not everybody can
keep his balance when a turn is made. You turn the cart – and on looking back,
you find that someone has fallen out”.2 After Stalin said this, an
immediate applause was heard. Stalin was telling the


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