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Stalin and Hitler: Differences and Similarities

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Hitler and Stalin: Differences and Similarities Hitler and Stalin - when the evil in a human becomes political. Both caused the biggest mass murders in history, both had the same aims, and both hated each other, because of their different political views - one was National Socialist and one Communist - and this is probably the most important difference. A. Rise Even though they used the same methods, like propaganda, they came to power in nearly completely different situations, that is why I think, that there are more differences than similarities. Hitler had several political enemies, because during this time there were many different parties in Germany, and also he had to go through elections, Stalin on the other side, had just one enemy: Trotsky, because by the time he wanted to get to power, Russia (at that time the whole USSR), was already communistic. But of course, Stalin was involved in the communistic revolution, but after the successful revolution he wasn't made dictator, but it of course ensured his position within the party. So while Hitler had to start from zero with his political ideas, Stalin's ideas were already spread over the country, and it took him only a few months to get to power, while Hitler's fight lasted about 20 years. ...read more.

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same work as men, they got support for children, but though they weren't forced to get some, and also the church was strictly forbidden. Furthermore both used education, to make children believe their political ideas, so both used school for propaganda, though children in the USSR were taught Communistic ideas, while children of Germany were taught Nazi ideas. C. Industry Both wanted to industrialize their country, they both used similar ways to do that, but though both had different ideas, because Hitler used market economy, and Stalin command economy - but still there are more similarities. The industry was for both very important, because both wanted a strong country, and of course to reach this aim, you need a strong economy. Both had work camps, and Hitler reached full employment by preparing Germany for war, while Stalin build factories and forced many peasants to become workers in such factories, by making the conditions for peasants worse, and changing the whole lifestyle of the peasants by introducing collectivisation, furthermore Stalin used a 5 year plan. People were killed and forced to work under terrible conditions, for low pay, on both sides, and on both sides the country grew stronger. Hitler probably reached his aim sooner, because of the Germany's size compared to they size of the USSR. ...read more.

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Also both made good use of censorship and propaganda, both erased everything what was against them, they controlled the radio, the newspaper, books, cinema, schools, and so on. Also the people were frightened by the secret police, people spied on each other, even within families, that's how they made sure, that there wasn't any opposition. Furthermore under Stalin church was forbidden, while under Hitler church was meant to be very important. Conclusion Fact is that Hitler and Stalin were the two biggest mass murderers in history, they both caused the death of millions of people, and I think that the fact, that Hitler was National Socialist and Stalin Communist, is a very important difference, because this difference probably prevented a even bigger mass murder, and of course Russia played a main rule in the second world war and the defeat of Hitler. If they have more differences or similarities, is of course very difficult to say, but I think the main difference is their political view, but how they tried to spread their ideas and to control their country, their methods, shows many similarities, but also many differences. So all together I think that they have more differences than similarities, because the things where they differ from each other, are probably the most important things, such as racial or economy thoughts. - 1 - ...read more.

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