Hitler and Stalin
Joel A Souza
May 5, 2015
Hitler and Stalin
The era before World War II saw the rise of two national leaders, Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin. Both of these men rose to power and drastically transformed their countries. Each leader had their own way of getting what they wanted but the end results were the same, total leadership of the entire country. Hitler and Stalin committed acts against their fellow countrymen and women to seize power and create order in chaos. Although one took his own life before he could be removed from power, both men ended up leaving stains on their country.
Joseph Stalin came to power in 1927 after Vladimir Lenin had died leaving him to take control of the communist party. Stalin quickly moved against the old leadership of the party having them killed or exiled from the country. He was able implemented a regime that would induce fear in to the people of Russia. Anyone under suspicion of not following what Stalin wanted was put on trial and executed. He would appoint people into power that he trained and thought like he did. He used terror to become on of the major principle features in the government. He used propaganda to spread news of the achievements that Russia was to become and how the western ways of life were evil. He was able to glorify Russia to portray it as the greatest country in the world. Stalin started rapid industrialization on the country and people were trained in specialized skills such as factory workers and provided technical education. In Stalin’s mind everyone was out to bring down Russia. His delusions of grandeur nearly caused the fall of the country. Many people were put to death because of this and the people of Russia obeyed out of fear of being killed.
Nineteen hundred thirty-three saw the rise of Adolf Hitler to become dictator of Germany. Hitler, like Stalin, used propaganda to rally the German people around him. Hitler blamed the...