Adolf Hitler vs. Joseph Stalin

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Difference between Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin

Although both Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler are remembered world over as notorious individuals responsible for the murder of millions of innocent 20th century civilians and soldiers, they are also distinctive historical figures in their own rights and there are enough similarities between them to warrant frequent comparisons. Both were very charismatic figures for starters, and both were reviled and admired in almost equal measure. Both were also responsible for massive numbers of needless deaths and the immense suffering and of millions of people either directly or indirectly, and they changed the course of history in significant ways. Let's take a look at what else they have in common and how they differ.

Adolf Hitler
Joseph Stalin

In Brief

Adolf Hitler’s main claim to fame was his role as the leader of the Third Reich. He was also one of the key leaders of the Nazi party and it was these dual roles that made him so instrumental in the outbreak of World War II. Joseph Stalin for his part was the leader of the Soviet Union until 1953 and he was largely responsible for the Great Purges of 1937 and the collectivization in Russia that resulted in millions of deaths in his own country.

Positioning

Both men took advantage of increasingly turbulent political climates in their respective countries in order to assume positions of power. The main differences are that Hitler assumed control through a mostly democratic process and slow political maneuverings, while Stalin had to contend with numerous political adversaries, which he did so by forging–and subsequently breaking–key alliances.

Power - In the Details

Hitler first enlisted the German Workers Party in 1919, and it wasn't long before he transformed it into the Nazi Party and assumed the leadership role. By the 1930s, the party had evolved into a formidable political force and Hitler was soon appointed chancellor to replace the ineffectual Kurt von Schleicher. Subsequent political maneuverings caused the banning of all other political parties in the country and Germany essentially became a single party state with Hitler at the helm. Stalin on the other hand, was already an active member in an authoritarian state and he didn't have to contend with the struggle to gain mass acceptance as Hitler did. Nevertheless, Stalin did have to eliminate numerous obstacles to his leadership and he did this as the secretary of the Communist Party by effectively getting rid of Trotsky, former allies Kamenev and Zinoview, and the right-wing Bukharin, whom he used to get rod of the latter two and subsequently broke alliances with as well.

Summary

Adolf Hitler

  • Was the Fuhrer of the Third Reich and one of the leaders of the Nazi Party
  • Was widely blamed for the outbreak of World War II and the holocaust
  • Rise to power was much shorter than Stalin's
  • Became the sole leader of Germany in only 19 months
  • Joined the German Workers Party in 1919 and converted it into Nazi Party

Joseph Stalin

  • Was a leader of the Soviet Union until 1953
  • Was widely blamed for the Great Purges in 1937 and the collectivization movement which caused untold suffering in Russia
  • Came to power slowly and had to eliminate many contenders
  • Came to power in an already authoritarian state in which he was previously involved 

Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin Video

Which tyrant do people know the most about?
  • Adolf Hitler
  • Joseph Stalin
 
 

Discuss It: comments 29

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  • Blake Reid wrote on February 2011

Adolf Hitler

1. Was born in Austria

2. Was leader of Germany

3. His reign lasted from 1933 to 1945

4. Committed Suicide

5. Fought in the First World War

Joseph Stalin

1. Leader of Russia

2. Was born in Georgia

3. His reign lasted from 1924 to 1953

4. Was said to have been poisoned which lead to his death

5. Was one of the three allied giants

Same

1. Both dictators

2. Were both Allies then enemies

3. Allot of people were murdered under their regimes

4. Both were key leaders in WW2

5. Both dictators didn't make their country liberal

  • Guest
  • ShyannFaith:) wrote on February 2012

True...but I think you should have added to Hitlers.....as in He didnt know what he did wrong..or that he didnt mean to do something so horrible...

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  • Krystallynn wrote on February 2012

Your defending Hitler?

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  • chris wrote on February 2013

your stupid to defend that idiot looser

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  • Poor Hitler wrote on August 2013

I agree, if Hitler know what he was doing was wrong, then he wouldn't have done it.

What do you mean "if he knew what he was doing wrong"? He knew what he was doing because he made "Mein Kampf", which is about how Jewish people are evil.

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  • ShirleyAshton wrote on October 2013

Hitler's worse than Stalin was..

Wrong, Stalin murdered more people than Hitler did.

  • Guest
  • Mario Cavett wrote on April 2014

Hitler was mentally unstable like most Europeans and his serving in World War One didn't help matters.

Hitler was more evil that stalin

I mean Stalin killed more people that Hitler* !!

  • Guest
  • aaron wrote on February 2012

of course he was worse

  • Guest
  • ShyannFaith:) wrote on February 2012

I believe that Stalin did kill more and to make him look bad even more is that Hitler didn't know he was doing a bad problem, but im sure Stalin knew....Will you please correct me if im wrong.....

  • Guest
  • media1 wrote on January 2014

Hitler knew he was exterminating an entire race, the Jews. Stalin didn't care what race he eliminated, any he didn't like was doomed.

  • Guest
  • Krystallynn wrote on February 2012

If Stalin killed so much more people then Hitler and Hitler didn't realize what he was doing was wrong then why is Hitler still better known and more negative attention pointed towards him? ...Rather then Stalin??

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  • myself\(^.^)/ wrote on March 2012

because stalin was a ally

Maybe because he was so strongly racist about it? And besides, he did know that it was wrong, he just didn't care.

How did hitler not know what he was doing was wrong?

Putting anyone in camps or any sort of mental or physical pain is wrong with no real reason.

Can't punish someone for what they are born as

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  • Mattias Östborg wrote on April 2012

Both are just as vicious and evil. Hitler Did know what he was doing against the jews, he was the one giving the orders to cappture kill and put jews and orter foreigners in camps. Stalin also put people in camps, and the reason he killed more is because he had the power longer then hitler. How moore people do you think hitler would have killed if he had succeded taking over Sovjet union. Both are equally evil!

My spelling and grammar might not be so good because i am norweigian

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  • media1 wrote on January 2014

I will give credit for one thing. Germany did try to export the Jews but no country, including us, could or would take them in. They then resorted to extermination.

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  • Guest
  • NunOfYourBusiness wrote on October 2013

LMAO your stupid

turtles can actually breathe through their butts

  • Guest
  • ShirleyAshton wrote on October 2013

They both knew what they were doing.

Stalin purposely killed 20 million of his own people, sent 18 million to the Gulag, 6 million sent to exile and almost starved his country into oblivion,whereas Hitler took his country from one of the poorest economies in the world to one the greatest in the shortest amount of time, hence why he was man of the year on the cover of Time magazine in the 1930's. He meant well for his country and people but had the warped notion that jews were inferior and only the Arian people deserved to live in the world. If Hitler came to power he would have eventually gain world power through war and kill off most of the human race. At least Stalin was keeping to his own. He didn't have the world domination complex like Hitler did. He only killed his own people. Both were evil!

  • Guest
  • tom wrote on February 2014

They both suck

  • Guest
  • HAIL STALIN wrote on June 2014

Hitlers k/d was worse than Stalin

  • Guest
  • Zach hannah wrote on last month

Hitler is worse

  • Guest
  • John wrote on 3 weeks ago

Both were out to dominate the world. Both interred millions in camps/gulags. Both had millions slaughtered, more civilians than military. Both had constituencies they hated. Both "meant well" as their distorted/sick minds defined it. They did have very different perspectives, but both led to evil outcomes. "Meaning well" but doing bad things is still an excuse we hear today even in in our country, and especially in the middle east. Politicians today accept bad outcomes of their own parties if the actions were aligned with the party lines, i.e. "they meant well." If they outcomes are terrible, they were wrong.

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