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Hitler And Stalin During The Period Leading Up To World War Ii

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Hitler And Stalin During the Period Leading up to World War II

Hitler And Stalin 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, ...view middle of the document...

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 applause was heard. Stalin was telling the people what
they wanted to hear and he used this speech to further his cause. This
speech helped to further his cause by gaining support from the people,
and by justifying why Trotsky was not the choice for leader. Stalin
was also demonstrating with this speech that he was the "bandwagon"
and that he was...

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