Comparing Hitler And Stalin In Their Rise To Power


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.

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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 speech that was a famous one, 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 judgement 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 judgement of this court: for she finds us not
guilty”.After Hitler gave this speech, the court was sympathetic towards
him, 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 an user of propaganda, but Joseph Stalin was not as blatantly obvious
with his uses of propaganda. 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”.After Stalin said this, an
immediate applause was heard. Stalin was telling people what they wanted


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