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How similar were Hitler and Stalin ?

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´╗┐How similar were Hitler and Stalin ? Hitler and Stalin were dictators on opposing sides, and who committed many atrocities. They hated each other but seem to have been triumphant in their rise to power in their countries. They were very comparable in the ways that they succeeded, and their success was mostly attributed to their new ideas and their politics. With this, they rose to the highest position attainable in their respective countries. First of all, the conditions in which they have been brought up are similar. Indeed, they have been raised and loved by their mothers because their father virtually abandoned their family. They were sickly children and their mothers gave birth to other children before them, all died. Their fathers beat them and died when they were nearly teenagers. ...read more.


Furthermore, Hitler became chancellor because of a deal between the President and Von Papen. Hitler and Stalin were especially similar by the way they managed to control their countries. They both used fear, secret police (the Gestapo and the NKVD) to be able to settle their dictatorships and ensure total power, concentration camps and propaganda. In USSR, Stalin purged intellectuals as well as dissidents within the communist party, and ensured the murder of 1/3 of the officer class. An important difference between those two men is that, although both used government to control and exercise power, Hitler was legalising his actions, while Stalin used force. Moreover, before war, communism was considered as a much more powerful and dangerous threat than fascism. They essentially succeeded in their rise to power for three reasons ; they were very skilled users of propaganda, they both were amoral, and had the ambition to make their countries powerful in the world. ...read more.


Finally, the everyday life under Stalin and Hitler was somehow similar as well, for the women, the workers, the religion and the education. Indeed, youngsters were moulded, while literacy rates improved in USSR. The religion point of view has a few differences under Hitler and under Stalin ; in USSR religion was banned, and in Germany Nazis began by working with churches, while priests were threatened to be persecuted if outspoken. So Hitler and Stalin have many similarities, whether the use of similar methods to acquire what they wanted (as fear to control their power and position for example), that they had totalitarianism, a secret police, or that they were majorly relied to propaganda. But the main similarity between those two men stays the amorality and the utter disregard they had for anyone other than themselves. These men had extreme pride in their countries and would literally do anything to make their country stronger, although not necessarily a nicer place to live. ...read more.

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