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Hitler and Stalin

Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives - Alan Bullock

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Read from November 16, 2012 to April 06, 2013

This baby weighs just over 2kg - or, in real money, just a soupçon under 4½ lbs. Also have a digi version to highlight and copy

Group read starting on The Ides of March 2013.

To watch: http://youtu.be/zZaPlrwwKAU



For my wife Nibby
and our children and grandchildren


Stalin: 1879-1899
Hitler: 1889-1908 (birth to age 19 years)

Who, then, were these two men who were to leave such an indelible imprint on European history in the twentieth century?

They were born more than ten years apart, Stalin at Gori, a small country town in Georgia on the River Kura within sight of the Caucasus Mountains, Hitler at Braunau on the River Inn, on the Austrian side of
the frontier with Bavaria. According to his birth certificate, registering the birth of Joseph Dzhugashvili at the Cathedral of the Assumption in Gori, Stalin (as he later became known) was born on 6 December 1878 (New Style 18 December). It was only in December 1922 that his secretary Tovstukha, making out a new CV for him, gave his day of birth as 21 December (NS) 1879, a year and three days later.’

That was the date on which the peoples of the USSR celebrated his fiftieth birthday in 1929, and the whole Communist world his 70th birthday in 1949. The discrepancy was only discovered when the Central Party Archive was opened in the 19905 and no explanation of it has so far been given. I have continued to use the official date of 21 December 1879. There is no question about the date of Hitler’s birth, 20 April 1889, under ten years later. The gap in age is a fact never to be forgotten in any comparison of the different stages of their careers; it grew even wider at the end, Hitler dying in 1945 at the age of fifty—six, Stalin outliving him to die in 195 3, just short of his seventy-fifth birthday.

Page 156: No personal experience has come to light which could help to explain the intensity of Hitler’s hatred of the Jews, although some biographers have pointed to the obscene language in which he habitually wrote and spoke of this as pointing to a sexual origin. It is a disturbing question to consider when was the last occasion on which this ‘man, who was responsible for the death of six million Jews, actually spoke to or met a Jew in person. But ‘the Jew’ as
one encounters him in the pages of Mein Kampf and Hitler’s ravings bears no resemblance to flesh-and-blood human beings of Jewish descent: he is an invention of Hitler's obsessional fantasy, a Satanic creation, expressing his need to create an object on which he could concentrate his feelings.

Well folks ´we 've had the GRamazon thingie and no one wants to play ball. Methinks they didn't want to play ball in the first place... it was leass than tepid.

OTOH I have enjoyed, not much that wasn't apparent from other sources; not much that I didn't know, so HEY a cool book.

#61 TBR Busting 2013


03/11 page 34   2.0% "34 of 1252: So, they were both choirboys..."
03/11 page 41   3.0% " Stalin at age 23(-ish)" 5 comments
03/12 page 43   3.0% "Lenin suggested that Stalin
should visit Vienna and acquaint himself with the programme which the
Austrian socialists had worked out to deal with the national conflicts of
the Habsburg Empire - the feature of Austrian social democracy which
had done more than anything else to tum Hitler against its leaders."
03/12 page 43   3.0% " In June 1913, while Stalin was making his way to the Arctic, Hitler left Vienna and moved to Munich."
03/12 page 52   4.0% "CHAPTER THREE

October Revolution,
November Putsc/7

Stalin: 1917-1918 (aged 37—38 years)
Hitler: 1918-1923 (aged 29-34 years)"
03/12 page 52   4.0% " Finland Station, Petrograd, 3rd April 1917"
03/12 page 52   4.0% "[image error] Members of one of the first detachments of the Red Guards, Petrograd, Autumn 1917: photographer unknown (image by HOBOPOCC, 2010)"
03/12 page 52   4.0% " Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, bewigged and cleanshaven to conceal his identity, Finland, 11 August 1917: photographer unknown (image by Direktor, 2010)"
03/12 page 52   4.0% " ast guards of the Winter Palace, awaiting Bolshevik advance, 7 November 1917: photographer unknown (image by HOBOPOCC, 2010)"
03/12 page 74   6.0% " Joseph Arthur Comte de Gobineau: developed the theory of the Aryan master race in his book An Essay on the Inequality of the Human Races (1853–1855)."
03/12 page 84   7.0% "Hitler and Lenin shared an insistence on the importance of
winning the support of the masses with an equal insistence on the inability
of the masses to organize themselves. For both Nazis and Communists
they were a resource to be mobilized, not a membership to be represented."
03/12 page 98   8.0% " Tried for treason and condemned yet spent less than a year in gaol." 12 comments
03/12 page 99   8.0% "T/Je General Secretary

Stalin: 1918-1924 (aged 38-44 years)

03/13 page 101   8.0% "[..] the three most impor-
tant positions after Lenin’s were held by Jews — Trotsky, Zinoviev and
Kamenev — and a fourth by a Georgian."
03/13 page 143   12.0% "21 January 1924," 1 comment
03/13 page 146   12.0% "The Creation of the Nazi Party

Hitler: 1924-1930 (aged 35 —-41 years)


Exactly a month after Stalin’s ‘oath’ speech in the Bolshoi Theatre, on 26
February 1924, the trial for treason of Hitler and the other members of
the unsuccessful Putsch opened in Munich."
03/13 page 152   12.0% "Like Stalin, Hitler was scornful of intellectuals, yet at the same time eager to establish his own intellectual authority. Stalin sought to do this
in the Foundations of Leninism (published in the year Hitler was writing Mein Kampf)

[bookcover:Mein Kampf|54270] versus [bookcover:The Foundations of Leninism|6329598]"
03/13 page 152   12.0% "" 12 comments
03/13 page 175   14.0% "On 3-4 August 1929, Hitler staged the most impressive Party Con-
gress yet, at Nuremberg, with thirty special trains bringing 200,000
members and sympathizers from all over Germany,"
03/14 page 187   15.0% "Lenin ’s Successor
Stalin: 1924-1929 (aged 44—50 years)


During the period 1924—9 Stalin was as intent as Hitler on securing
power and, like Hitler, saw the party as the means of achieving it. " 1 comment
03/14 page 218   18.0% "In April 1927, Chiang Kai-shek turned on his Communist allies in
Shanghai and massacred a large number of them. " 1 comment
03/14 page 232   19.0% "SECTION: Hitler: 1930-1933 (aged 41 -43 years)


The equivalent phase in Hitler’s career to Stalin's rise to power (1924-
9), which we have just traced, was September 1930 to 30 January 1933. 1930 Hitler in Munich "
03/14 page 234   19.0% " The Nazis attracted a large part of the church- going
population in the Protestant parts of the country; much less in the Catholic
areas (including Bavaria) until after Hitler came to power and signed the
Concordat with the Vatican in the summer of 1933." 3 comments
03/14 page 276   23.0% "START HERE IN APRIL: now I can have my holiday, birthday and Easter without worrying about this group read!"