Hitler and Stalin Roots of Evil


They are responsible for some 60 million deaths. They ruled their countries with iron fists squashing all dissent and directing government sponsored programs of terror against their own citizens. Drawing on the latest findings and expert analysis from leading psychologists and historians, Hitler and Stalin Roots of Evil examines the 20th century’s worst villains. The parallels are striking, both had abusive fathers and doting mothers, both were extremely insecure about their physical appearance and ashamed of their backgrounds, and both came to power at roughly the same time. From Hitler’s “Jewish nose” to Stalin’s deformed foot the Final Solution to the Gulags, this incisive special compares the backgrounds and policies of these two despots, interpreting the latest evidence and theories in the hopes of illuminating the personal, emotional and mental underpinnings of their actions. The first program of its type, Hitler and Stalin Roots of Evil adds a new facet to our understanding of these two reviled dictators. Historically speaking, it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that Hitler and Stalin forged an alliance, the totalitarian demagogues stood on very similar footing as paragons of all that is base and evil when ruling their respective Germany and U.S.S.R. But the similarities run deeper than some might initially realize, both men grew up with abusive, domineering fathers and overprotective mothers, both shunned their backgrounds and expressed disdain over their physical appearances, and both rose to power with an iron fist at exactly the same moment in history. This documentary special from The History Channel draws these and other parallels between the two men in an attempt to ascertain what emotional, psychological, psychosocial and mental factors could prompt an individual to lead a nation to ruin and commit mass genocide, the Great Purge in Stalin’s case, the Final Solution in Hitler’s. In relaying its disturbing yet illuminating account, the program utilizes such elements as rare archival footage, incisive analysis from historians and psychologists, and much more.