The Putin-Hitler Analogy Parallels to the Ukraine

1938 Germany annexes Sudatenland
1938 Germany annexes Sudatenland
Russia seizes Crimea
Russia seizes Crimea
1938 headlines
1938 headlines

Hillary Clinton's remarks at UCLA regarding the Russian moves in Crimea and Ukraine that parallel Hitler's moves raised a lot of ignorant reactions. Obviously, those comments stating that her comments are incorrect in comparing Putin to Hitler are simply wrong. The Russians may not like being compared to Hitler or the Nazis, but what Putin and Russia have done mirrors what Hitler did in the pre-WW2 years. It is right out of the Hitler playbook. Putin, no doubt knows this. Of course, Putin has not killed millions of Jews, so any analogy about that is wrong.

For those who are ignorant of history, Hitler did exactly what Putin has done in the Ukraine and Crimea. In 1938, Hitler claimed that Austria and Czechoslovakia were filled with ethnic Germans and he was determined to annex both. He did so without much opposition from France, the US, or England, who simply watched as German forces moved into Austria. Once that was done, Czechoslovakia was next. However, like today, the allied nations did try to oppose this through diplomatic channels during the Summer of 1938. By September, 1938, the negotiations were still far apart. That is when Hitler ordered his troops to conduct exercises along the Czech border, over 100,000 of them. Obviously, he was going to invade unless he got what he wanted and the allies gave him what he wanted. Hitler claimed that some three million Germans were in the Czech region that faced persecution, although all claims were hard to prove.

By mid-Sept., the allies gave Hitler the border regions containing the ethnic Germans without any discuss or treaty with the Czech government! In 1939, Hitler used similar tactics to claim Poland, however, that was the first battle of WW2, as German forces occupied the country just as Putin has occupied the Crimea, which was part of Ukraine.

So, many of the knee-jerk reactions about what she said and how Putin's actions resembles Hitler's are shallow. Putin is grabbing the Crimea for the warm water port Russia needs and claims that the region is mostly Russian, which is not 100% true. He seized it because Ukraine is not a Russian territory as it was before 1994, but a independent nation, Putin cannot accept this. He is from the Cold War era. The Ukraine was vital to the old Soviet Union and Putin does not want it to lean towards the West. Putin may use another play from Hitler's book, that is, seize the part of the Ukraine (the eastern part) containing mostly Russians or pro-Russian, splitting the country in two. An election may also create the same situation or a pro-West or pro-Russia state. But you know, in any election planned, the loser will claim of fraud at the ballot box, so any election may be futile in solving the issue.

The West has more options than in 1938, but sanctions will hurt Europe far more than the US, which gets 30% of its gas from Russia. Sanctions will hurt Russia but probably not change Putin's objective by much. He can shut off the gas to the Ukraine, as he has does before to get his way.

Maybe the Ukraine should become a West and East Ukraine but the Crimea will probably now be always Russian.

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lions44 2 years ago from Auburn, WA

Great analysis. Europe will cave this time too. Their lack of energy independence is killing them. For once I agree with Hillary Clinton. The Hitler analogies are correct. Putin's claims about ethnic Russians mirror Hitler's about the Sudetenland and the Danzig Corridor. Voted up.


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perrya 2 years ago Author

Thanks, can't agree more.


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Thief12 2 years ago from Puerto Rico

You dismiss Putin for being "from the Cold War era", but your projection of him and Russian Government as evil, moustache-twirling villains is no different.

Regardless of the faults or merits of it all, what Russia is doing is no different than what lots of other countries would do in a similar situation, including the US, which is to protect their military and economical interests, while also trying to achieve more geopolitical power. Similar to what the US has been doing for the 100+ years.

I won't even entertain the Hitler comparison, but considering the disastrous record that the US has in terms of foreign and military interventions, I think that Russia's current actions are pretty far from the most offensive.


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perrya 2 years ago Author

I do not think the US would ever do this today, but if you justify it because it happened in the 1900's, it is a poor justification . Sad that you support Putin and know so little of what Hitler did. Putin IS from the cold war era, he was KGB agent in East Berlin trained to assess human threats. He has not changed. Only a fool would fully trust either the Russians or China.


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Thief12 2 years ago from Puerto Rico

LOL, where to begin?

1. Similar and even more disreputable US military interventions happened in the 1900's and through the 100 years after, and up until now. They are well documented, as recent as the last decade and the last couple of years.

2. I never said I supported Putin. Read my comment again.

3. I didn't even acknowledge your Hitler comparison, so I don't know how you conclude that I know "so little of what Hitler did".

4. I never argued that Putin wasn't from the "Cold War era", just that your simplistic approach to a complex situation is just as close-minded, archaic, and obsolete.

5. As for your closing comment, I suppose that the US is at the top of that list of "fools" that trust China, considering their economic and geopolitical relations.


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Comrade Joe 2 years ago from Glasgow, United Kingdom

A little knowledge....

The analogy with Hitler begins and ends with the fact there was a German speaking population in the Sudatenland and a Russian population in Crimea. All of the other political conditions are very different. And in fact, it is an absolute insult and vulgar to draw such an analogy. The fact is the democratic government of Ukraine has been overthrown in a fascist pustch. Elements in the new government have spoken of their will to fight Russians, Jews and Communists till they die, The Sudaten Germans were not under such threat. The new Ukrainian regime have been explicit in their threats.

I am no Putin fan, but it is an absolute insult to compare those fighting fascism, with the fascists themselves, and that my friend is straight from the US cold war playbook, just as they vilified Stalin - the man who actually crushed Hitlerite fascism. History repeats itself.


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perrya 2 years ago Author

The insult is both your ignorance. We will see how this plays out.


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CHRIS57 2 years ago from Northern Germany

This time in history i fear it is not the West that holds the moral answer to the Ukrainian and Crimean mess. This time it is Russia that rightfully protects people and defends contracts (Naval base on Crim) from right wing nationalists (or fascists).

It simply discredits Mrs. Clinton if she compares Putin with Hitler. There are no similarities.

Why is the West completely neglecting the fact that the new Ukrainian regime (or Junta) has no democratic legitimacy. It doesn´t make a new regime more legitimate if the former regime (Yanukovych‎) was criminal.

It (almost) makes more sense to compare the current people in charge of the Ukraine with Nazis than giving names to Putin. Mr. Perry and Mrs. Clinton don´t talk to French Front National of Le Pen. Why do they follow the Ukrainian counterpart they are even more right wing, to say the least?


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perrya 2 years ago Author

The parallels to what Hitler did are similar to get what he wanted. Putin is playing the same card and will, like Hitler, get what he wants at the end of the day unless the West does something dramatic militarily. This is what happened in 1938, the West did not do anything to show strength, and talking to the Hitlers\putins of the world does nothing. Russia will annex Crimea, which is part of the nation of Ukraine since 1994. Of course, if you listen to Russian media, they say the opposite.


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CHRIS57 2 years ago from Northern Germany

Excuse me - no parallels.

Putin had and has what he wanted (warm water habour access on the Crimea) and makes moves to protect that. Hitler did not have the Sudetenland in 1938 and made moves to seize it.


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perrya 2 years ago Author

I cannot help you if you are blind to the similarities. Not much else to say. But, like in 1938, the West all agreed to use words to threaten Hitler, which of course, were laughed at. Just as Putin is doing. I am sure crimea will be annexed because Russian troops are flooding into it to secure it. Putin seems to want to restart the cold war.


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CHRIS57 2 years ago from Northern Germany

Unlike 1938 the West doesn´t have to threaten. This is running all economically in Auto-mode.

While things got bad on the Crimea (as viewed from EU and US) the Rubel lost 10% in exchange rate. Whatever Mr. Putin may have been up to, he was certainly regulated by his own economic advisors (or oligarchs...).

Russia is economically much too weak to allow itself running beserk.


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f_hruz 2 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

What a silly comparison - much better if you watch this video and learn a few more facts ... http://youtu.be/SEcZFgSnVP0

It's way more appropriate to compare the burning down of the Reichstag in Berlin by Hitler with the false flag activities by Bush and Cheney of 9/11 if you care to open your mind enough to see the global aspect of things!


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perrya 2 years ago Author

Sorry you guys are so ignorant about history, of course, Putin is not Hitler or anything near that, but the tactics in the Crimea area are identical to hitler's in 1938. The West reacted the same, lots of talk and dissent but at the end of the day, Hitler got what he wanted. Putin has done the same.

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