TRD, I beg to differ with you.
Stalin was a butcher, a mass murderer and one of the worst monsters of the past 500 years, but he did NOT have more blood on his hands than Hitler.
Twenty to thirty MILLION Russians, most of them civilians, died in the process of ultimately (after about 18 months) crushing and defeating the German
Army in the Battle of Stalingrad and surrounding areas, which was to the European war what our battle with the Japanese at Midway was to the Pacific
war--i.e., after it was over, it was no longer a question of who would win, but only how long it would take.
And as this unfathomable number of his men, women and children fought and died at the hands of the German Army--the same one which killed up to
15,000,000 Poles, and huge numbers of people in other European countries--Stalin said what was probably the only accurate thing of his sorry-@ss life:
"They are not fighting for me, and they are not fighting for communism. They are fighting for Mother Russia, and because the enemy is the devil
He was right.
Anyway, can you imagine 20 to 30 million killed by the Nazis in one country alone? Everyone focuses--understandably--on the carnage in the
concentration camps, but the Nazi war machine killed many times more than the 6 million Jews who died in those camps. I believe something like 10
million died in Norway, where the citizens put up a fierce resistance. As I said, estimates have 15 million Poles dying. Casualties in France, as we
all know, were a bit lower.
Anyway, I know I'm from the States and thus presumed ignorant, but I went to a fine university and have a degree in European History, with my field of
emphasis being Modern German History. I learned all about Stalingrad, and about how the Nazis were crushed, broken and hopelessly defeated (barring
development of a nuclear bomb) long before D-Day, and how our major contribution to the European war--and this is no small thing--was to stop Stalin
from gobbling the whole damn continent up. Another major point: By accelerating that war's end, we helped prevent the Germans from developing a
nuclear bomb, which would have been Armageddon for sure. (Can y'all imagine if Hitler'd had the doomsday button as those Russian tanks closed in on
his bunker? It would not have been the trigger on his gun that he pulled....)
Anyway, even apart from what Hitler did in Austria, Czechoslovakia and other minor countries before the war officially broke out in 1939, I cannot
imagine Stalin killed as many people as Hitler did from 1939-1945. When you add up the war-related body count from all those different countries,
toss in civilian murders committed just for the hell of it, and then add all the concentration camp murders, you've got an enormous number.
Stalin, who like Hitler died far too easily (but did so within a couple of weeks of my birth), killed a great many people. But you will have to go a
long way to persuade me that his body count matched Hitler's.