Comparing Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia

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Comparing Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia

Why is it that Germany's fascism lasted a relatively short time

compared to Russia's communism? The regimes established under Hitler and

Stalin were incredibly similar with respect to the rise and control of the

state. Both systems were based on entirely different ideology and goals.

Hitler's Mein Kampf established the superiority of the German race and the

need to expand as wanted by God. Hitler wanted the world. The government in

Russia established by Lenin was based on a book called Communist Manifesto

by Karl Marx, a call to the proletariate to unite and rebel against their

selfish employers. It is my belief that Lenin had entirely good reasons for

doing as he did, and felt he was helping the world as apposed to Adolf

Hitler. Immediately after Lenin's death, a man very much the same in nature

as Hitler, Stalin, came to control the Bolsheviks and throw Russia in a

civil war in a quest for power. You now have two men of equal aspirations

soon to be in control of two very similar governments.

In any rise of power, there needs to be a period of careful planning

requiring much thought. These two men had very little history with which to

work with which to model their revolutions. Times had been changing rapidly,

technological improvements in the fields of manufacturing, transportation,

and communication made this period of time very different from any other.

Hitler spent his time imprison writing his book, Mein Kampf, filling it

full of warped ideas of conquest and superiority of one race over another.

I think it is strange that such works would go unnoticed with nobody left

to watch a man with such dangerous ideas. Lenin planned his revolution

while in exile in Switzerland. Then he made a deal with the German

government whereby he was hid on a train and passed through enemy Germany

to Russia. The conclusions with respect to methods of acquiring power and

controlling it when they did get it were very much the same.

Both rulers had full run of their respective governments. Stalin was

already dictator of Russia with his power and loyalty of the people

guaranteed by the secret police, the Cheka. This entity provided Stalin

with an easy means of destroying the opposition and weeding out the

undesirable to be sent to prison camps in Siberia, a virtual death sentence.

For Hitler to ascend to that level of power he rammed the Enabling Act

through the German Congress which gave him the power to enact laws.

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