The similarities between Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler are endless, as are the differences. They taught the world about totalitarianism, both regimes had advanced military technology and a willingness to use it to unheard of levels. Under their leadership, millions were murdered and imprisoned. No previous administration had encompassed the entirety of their subject’s lives or had worked so hard to force them to believe their own brand of political ideology, which begs the question; where did they come from and how did they rise to power? Hitler’s rise to power during the years between World Wars was due to several reasons including the bitterness the German people felt as a result of their crushing defeat during World War I, the economic depression that plagued the country in the 1930’s, along with the Nazi propaganda and lastly because of Hitler himself. As old leaders were ousted from office, the newly elected leaders ushered in a new form of government focused on military leadership, nationalism and anti-communism. With this in mind, Hitler lulled Germany into a false sense of security by promising a great new Germany. World War I was still fresh in the minds of the Germans in the 1930’s, they were just beginning to recover from the damages caused by World War I. Unfortunately, after Wall Street crashed in 1929, the United States was forced to call in its foreign loans and the German economy sunk into an economic depression, leaving two-fifths of the workforce unemployed and many more homeless. At this time, the German people were looking for someone to blame for their misfortune and for someone who could fix their problems, no matter how extreme the measure. The Germans turned to Hitler and his Nazi party because they had exhausted all other options and were desperate. Between 1928 and 1932, the number of Nazi seats in the Reichstag rose from 12 to 230. Hitler began glorifying Nazism and gathered the support of the Germans rather...
References: Bullock, Allen. Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives. New York: Vintage Books, 1992.
Laqueur, Walter. Stalin: The Glasnost Revelations. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1990
 Allen Bullock, Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives (New York: Vintage Books, 1992), 319.
 Walter Laqueur, Stalin: The Glasnost Revelations (New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1990), 164.
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