When you start thinking about the worst people in history, a few names come to mind immediately. Adolf Hitler is typically at the top of the list, followed by names like Pol Pot, Joseph Stalin, and Vlad the Impaler.
Here are some of the names that sometimes get forgotten when contemplating the worst people in history.
Himmler served as the head of the SS in Nazi Germany. He was responsible for the final solution, creating the foundation for the Holocaust. During his career, it is estimated that he ordered the killing of six million Jews – along with hundreds of thousands of people deemed unworthy. He committed suicide at the end of the war.
Hussein served as Iraq’s dictator for over 20 years. He authorized numerous attacks on his people, killing an estimated two million before being stopped. That figure doesn’t include the beatings, eye-gouging, and torture. He was even known to record some of the “interviews” to watch them later.
Ivan failed to walk the tightrope between genius and insanity during his life. Records show that he threw animals from the top of tall buildings as a kid to see what would happen. He saw enemies in his friends, enjoying the experience of disemboweling those who got in his way. During the Novgorod Massacre, he was responsible for the deaths of 60,000 people.
Khomeini was responsible for the Iranian Revolution that happened in 1979. He would serve in leadership for the next ten years until his death. People found in violation of his Shia laws were tortured and killed. He also refused to make peace with Iraq, making him responsible for the deaths of about three million people.
The story of Rome burning happens during the time of Nero. As the leader of the Roman Empire, he often had people boiled, stabbed, burned, impaled, or crucified. He burnt several cities to the ground before setting fire to the capital to blame it on Christians so that he could torture them. When Nero realized that his time was done, he enlisted the help of a trusted associate to kill himself.
6. Mao Zedong
Chairman Mao served as China’s dictator from 1943 to 1976. He wanted to make his country a superpower, but instead, he created the largest genocide in recorded human history. Up to 70 million people died during his tenure, often from starvation or forced labor.
Numerous names deserve to be on this list.
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