Why the Focus on Hitler?
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David Lion Salmanson - 5/21/2004
A couple of reasons. One, Stalin and Mao did it the old fashioned way: state created famine, executions, even mass executions are old tools of oppressors. What makes the Nazis different is their application of scientific and business principles to create a death industry. That is pretty engaging stuff. Fordist principles in action is way more titilating than average caloric intakes.
Second, famines as state sponsored activity happen a lot. As much as it makes the left uncomfortable to deal with Stalin, the right does not want to deal to closely with famine. The British Empire in particular has two pretty major man-made famines in its past, those of India and Ireland, that may be comparable to the Soviet famine.
Third, the Nazis kept incredible records. Let's face it, they filmed everything and documented it in triplicate. Researching Nazis is comparatively easy. I don't have first hand experience in the Chinese or Russian archives, but I hear they are pretty tough places to work and the CCP definitely were not good record keepers.
Most world history textbooks these days give Stalin, Hitler, and the Armenian genocide pretty much equal space.
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