Our world has witnessed tragedies of many forms. Wars, famines, genocides, killings, riots, and so on. Our History shows that the real evil lies within the hearts of such inhuman leaders and dictators. These are individuals who have executed crime at an unimaginable level. Decisions taken by them have had a horrible impact on humanity, from which, we can all collectively learn and not repeat.
The following article will guide through some of the most evil men in the history of mankind.
- Adolf Hitler
In 1934, Hitler was named the “Führer” and he became the Chancellor of Germany an year before that. During the Second World War, the policies of Hitler along with racial subjugation and territorial conquest had brought the deaths of millions of people. It also includes the genocide of around six million Jews. In 1945, Hitler committed suicide when the Soviet Union had successfully reached the Reich Chancellery.
He shot himself while biting a cyanide capsule. He is undoubtedly one of the most intelligent and brutal dictators of all times. The Second World War as well as the holocaust was solely because of Hitler. He was of a firm opinion that the Jews were responsible for all the problems and was determined on eliminating them. You will be surprised to know that this dictator was a talented artist and also a part of a Bohemian community.
- Joseph Stalin
From 1922-1953, Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin was the dictator of the Soviet Union. During his early adulthood, he served as a robber and assassin. He reigned the entire Soviet Union with his violence and terror for roughly 30 years. His decisions also led to a famine which killed millions. He has even killed families who were actually very fond of him. During his rule, around 1.5 million German women were raped. More than 30 million deaths can be attributed to him. Quite ironically, in 1945 and 1948, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He died because of a stroke in 1953.
- Emperor Hirohito of Japan
Form 1926-1989, Hirohito was the Emperor of Japan. During 1937, the troops of Japan committed a war crime, which is now known as the Rape of Nanking. Nanking, present day Nanjing, was the capital of China at that time. The violence and the widespread massacre lasted for around 6 weeks. While conquering Nanjing, the Japanese troops committed heinous crimes such as rape, killing of civilians, looting, execution of prisoners and arson. A huge number of children and women were also killed. The death toll was estimated to be around 150,000 to 300,000.
- Vlad The Impaler
Vlad III of Romania was the Prince of Wallachia between 1448 and 1476 for around 3 times. He is known for executing cruel punishments during his reign. He served as inspiration for the main character of vampire in the Dracula novel written by Bram Stoker. In Romania, some view him as a prince who has a very deep sense of justice. Few of his torture methods included a horse attached to each leg of the victim while a sharp stake was slowly forced into the body. Extreme care was taken to make sure that the ends of the stake were not too sharp as to avoid quick death to the victim. The list of tortures include nails in heads, boiling alive, exposure to certain elements, cutting off of limbs, ears and nose, skinning, mutilation of sexual organs, blinding, strangulation, scalping and burning.
- Pol Pot (1925-1998)
Pol Pot was the famous leader of the Khmer Rouge, the Cambodian revolutionary group which was solely responsible for the Cambodian genocide. Pol Pot wanted to destroy the Cambodian civilization and wanted to start a new regime in the dawn of the new age. He is the only person in the history who had ordered a mass genocide of his own people and country. From 1976-1979, he reigned as the Prime Minister and his policies roughly killed around 2 million people, i.e., 25% of the country’s population. He was known for keeping the skulls of people whom he had killed and had also ordered for babies to be torn limb by limb. He passed away because of natural causes.
- Heinrich Himmler (1900-1945)
He was head of the German SS. He is also responsible for the extermination of all the Jews in Europe. Himmler had ordered to kill around 6 million Jews along with 200,000 – 500,000 Russians and other groups. He ordered the killing as the Nazis considered them unworthy of living. It is believed that he had furniture which was made from the skins and bones of the Jewish victims. He apparently committed suicide and was buried. The location of his burial is not known.
- Idi Amin Dada
Idi Amin was the President as well as the army officer of Uganda. In 1971, he gained power in a military coup and deposed Milton Obote. His entire rule can be characterized by extra judicial killings, human rights abuses, ethnic persecution, political repression, and the expulsion of Indians from Uganda. The estimate of the individuals killed during his rule ranges from 80,000 – 500,000.
In 1972, Idi Amin issued a decree, thereby ordering around 60,000 Asians to be expelled from Uganda. As per the decree, any individual who were not Ugandan citizens were to be expelled. However, the decree excluded professionals such as teachers, doctors and lawyers. As per Amin, his country needed him and he never felt guilty for the crimes he had committed.
- Ivan the Terrible (1530-1584)
The first Tsar of Russia was Ivan IV. When he was just a little kid, he threw animals from a great height like the top of a tall structure. He was quite intelligent but he also experienced bouts of rage because of his mental illness. During one such rage, he had even killed his own child, the heir to the throne. He liked impaling, disemboweling, beheading, blinding, burning, frying as well as strangling people. Dur to his illness, he started seeing his group of friends as his enemies. During the Novgorod Massacre, around 60,000 people were brutally tortured to death. Ivan passed away while playing chess with his good friend.