Weird History The Maniacs Behind the Worst Genocides in History  

Barbara Gaston
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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 1976. His Marxist-Leninist theories, military strategies and political policies are collectively known as Marxism-Leninism-Maoism or Mao Zedong Thought. Born the son of a wealthy farmer in Shaoshan, Hunan, Mao adopted a Chinese nationalist and anti-imperialist outlook in early life, particularly influenced by the events of the Xinhai Revolution of 1911 and May Fourth Movement of 1919. Mao converted ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 83 (1893-1976)

Birthplace: Shaoshan, China

Profession: Librarian, Politician

Died: 1976

Also Ranked

#64 on The Most Important Leaders in World History

#10 on The Most Influential People of the Cold War

#85 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

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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 subsequently managed to consolidate power following the 1924 death of Vladimir Lenin through suppressing Lenin's criticisms and expanding the functions of his role, all the while eliminating any opposition. He remained general secretary until the post was abolished in 1952, concurrently serving as the Premier of the Soviet Union from 1941 onward. Under Stalin's rule, the concept of "Socialism in One ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 75 (1878-1953)

Birthplace: Gori, Georgia

Profession: Politician, Soldier

Died: 1953

Cause Of Death: Cerebral hemorrhage

Also Ranked

#68 on The Most Influential People of All Time

#42 on The Most Important Leaders in World History

#1 on The Most Influential People of the Cold War

#84 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

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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 was a decorated veteran of World War I. He joined the German Workers' Party in 1919, and became leader of the NSDAP in 1921. In 1923, he attempted a coup in Munich to seize power. The failed coup resulted in Hitler's imprisonment, during which time he wrote his autobiography and political manifesto Mein Kampf. After his release in 1924, Hitler gained popular support by attacking the Treaty of ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 56 (1889-1945)

Birthplace: Braunau am Inn, Austria

Profession: Politician, Soldier, Writer, Artist

Died: 1945

Cause Of Death: Suicide, Gunshot

Also Ranked

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

#17 on The Most Influential People of All Time

#62 on The Most Important Leaders in World History

#72 on If You Fought To The Death, Who Would You Want By Your Side?

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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 exactly 44 years until his death. This was the longest reign of any Belgian monarch. Leopold was the founder and sole owner of the Congo Free State, a private project undertaken on his own behalf. He used explorer Henry Morton Stanley to help him lay claim to the Congo, an area now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. At the Berlin Conference of 1884–1885, the colonial nations of Europe ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 74 (1835-1909)

Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium

Profession: Politician

Died: 1909

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