crime The Maniacs Behind the Worst Genocides in History

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A list of the worst genocides in history, with pictures of the men responsible. While Hitler was a monster, his infamy unfortunately overshadows two men who were much worse in terms of the sheer number of lives lost. As awful as Hitler was, he was small potatoes compared to the likes of Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong, the latter having killed as many as 78 million people compared to Hitler's 12 million.

A recent study suggests that Hitler's notoriety was enhanced, because instead of killing his own people in general, he singled out select ethnic groups. In other words, many consider it worse to perform genocide on a group different from your own.

This list of genocides and the monsters responsible for them includes all methods of extermination, from those sent to concentration camps to the civilians individually purged for various reasons. These genocidal maniacs were all behind the worst atrocities in human history. Note that this list does not include war casualties.

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Mao Zedong is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Maniacs Behind the Worst Genocides in History
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Number of People Killed: 78,000,000

Mao Zedong, also transliterated as Mao Tse-tung and commonly referred to as Chairman Mao, was a Chinese Communist revolutionary and the founding father of the People's Republic of China, which he governed as Chairman of the Communist Party of China from its establishment in 1949 until his death in ...more

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Age: Died at 83 (1893-1976)

Birthplace: Shaoshan, China

Profession: Librarian, Politician

Died: 1976

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Joseph Stalin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Maniacs Behind the Worst Genocides in History
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Number of People Killed: 23,000,000

Joseph Stalin or Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin was the leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953. Among the Bolshevik revolutionaries who took part in the Russian Revolution of 1917, Stalin was appointed general secretary of the party's Central Committee in 1922. He ...more

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Age: Died at 75 (1878-1953)

Birthplace: Gori, Georgia

Profession: Politician, Soldier

Died: 1953

Cause Of Death: Cerebral hemorrhage

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#42 on The Most Important Leaders in World History

#6 on The Most Influential People of the Cold War

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Adolf Hitler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Maniacs Behind the Worst Genocides in History
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Number of People Killed: 12,000,000

Adolf Hitler was an Austrian-born German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party. He was chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As effective dictator of Nazi Germany, Hitler was at the centre of World War II in Europe, and the Holocaust. Hitler ...more

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Age: Died at 56 (1889-1945)

Birthplace: Braunau am Inn, Austria

Profession: Politician, Soldier, Writer, Artist

Died: 1945

Cause Of Death: Suicide, Gunshot

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#26 on The Most Important Military Leaders in World History

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Leopold II of Belgium is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Maniacs Behind the Worst Genocides in History
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Number of People Killed: 8,000,000

Leopold II was the second King of the Belgians, and is chiefly remembered for the founding and exploitation of the Congo Free State as a private venture. Born in Brussels as the second son of Leopold I and Louise of Orléans, he succeeded his father to the throne on 17 December 1865, reigning for ...more

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Age: Died at 74 (1835-1909)

Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium

Profession: Politician

Died: 1909

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#80 on Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead

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Hideki Tōjō is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Maniacs Behind the Worst Genocides in History
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Number of People Killed: 5,000,000

Hideki Tojo was a general of the Imperial Japanese Army, the leader of the Imperial Rule Assistance Association, and the 40th Prime Minister of Japan during much of World War II, from October 17, 1941 to July 22, 1944. As Prime Minister, he was responsible for the attack on Pearl Harbor, which ...more

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Age: Died at 64 (1884-1948)

Birthplace: Kōjimachi, Tokyo

Profession: Politician, Military Officer

Died: 1948

Cause Of Death: Capital punishment, Hanging

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Enver Pasha is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Maniacs Behind the Worst Genocides in History
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Number of People Killed: 2,530,000

Ismail Enver Pasha, commonly known as Enver Pasha, was an Ottoman military officer and a leader of the 1908 Young Turk Revolution. He was the main leader of the Ottoman Empire in both Balkan Wars and World War I. Throughout his career, he was known by increasingly elevated titles as he rose through ...more

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Age: Died at 41 (1881-1922)

Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey

Profession: Politician

Died: 1922

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Pol Pot is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Maniacs Behind the Worst Genocides in History
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Number of People Killed: 1,700,000

Pol Pot, born Saloth Sar, was a Cambodian socialist revolutionary who led the Khmer Rouge from 1963 until 1997. From 1963 to 1981, he served as the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Kampuchea. As such, he became the leader of Cambodia on 17 April 1975, when his forces captured Phnom Penh. ...more

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Age: Died at 73 (1925-1998)

Birthplace: Kampong Thom Province, Cambodia

Profession: Politician, Teacher

Died: 1998

Cause Of Death: Myocardial infarction

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Kim Il-sung is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Maniacs Behind the Worst Genocides in History
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Number of People Killed: 1.6 million

Kim Il-sung was the leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, commonly referred to as North Korea, for 46 years, from its establishment in 1948 until his death in 1994. He held the posts of Prime Minister from 1948 to 1972 and President from 1972 to his death. He was also the leader of ...more

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Age: Died at 82 (1912-1994)

Birthplace: Pyongyang, Pyongan, North Korea

Profession: Politician

Died: 1994

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#45 on The Most Influential People of the Cold War

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