Hitler And Stalin

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Hitler And Stalin

Inna Sokolyanskaya
Mr. Resnick
H4G-07
Due 05.30.00
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.
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

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