Comparison of Hitler and Stalin
During the period leading up to World War II, there were two men
who were on opposing sides, the men were Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin. These men
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.
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 countries, and
there were three main reasons that they were able to do this. Both men were skilled
users of propaganda, each was immoral, 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 immorality. 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.
Since Hitler and Stalin were able to manipulate people with their propaganda, they
could convince people of just about anything. This proves them to be immoral. Both
would do whatever they thought was necessary to further their cause, with no remorse
about what they had done. In 1922 Lenin, the leader of the communist party had a stroke.
Overtime his condition got worse and he became less involved in the party's affairs. When
Lenin died in January 1924, it left two men in contention for the party's leadership. These
two men were Joseph Stalin and Leon Trotsky. The men had opposing ideas on how the
party should be run. Stalin was a more aggressive candidate, and therefore had one of his
supporters kill Trotsky. Hitler was the other example of an immoral person. He
demonstrated this after he got into power with the holocaust, but he did not foreshadow
his immorality much before he got into power. The first major victim of the Nazis was the
powerful German Trade Union movement. A week after the destruction of the Trade
Unions the Social Democratic Party suffered a similar fate, soon to be followed by the
With Hitler and Stalin being such immoral people and willing to do anything, they
would do what they could to benefit their countries. Each of their countries had suffered
great losses in World War I and were still trying to recover when they came into power.
Stalin believed that if he forced industrialization upon Russia, that it would help the
country to rebuild. Hitler's Germany also had a lot to recover from. Hitler had plans for
Germanic unity and German living space. German unity meant the gathering together of all
Germans in Europe, one people into one empire, ruled by one leader. This involved people
living in Austria, Czechoslovakia, Danzig, Memel and other isolated pockets. Germany did
not have enough farmland to feed her population of enough raw materials to supply her
factories. New lands to the east would then have to be taken over. He hoped to take Great
Britain into partnership after settling the question of the former German colonies. He
wanted to reunite the German people. Hitler and Stalin both succeeded in making their
countries strong once again, at least for awhile.
In conclusion, Hitler and Stalin were similar in many ways in their rise to power,
however three reasons stand out the most. They were gifted in the ability to use
propaganda and brainwash people, which in turn proves that they were both unethical, and
they desired to make their countries better and stronger. Both of these men succeeded in
doing all of these things.