Man’s sin cannot be easily washed away from the pages of history. It will keep wafting around like the echoes of the past reminding us humans of all our flaws, warning us about the brutal things we are capable of. Shockingly some figures are so dark and sadistic even history wants to cover up their existence. Here are a few men that personified Evil in the purest sense :
Josef Mengele was a physician who was in charge of sending the Jews to concentration camps. He conducted some of the most vile experiments on behalf of the Nazis. He even forced parents to kill their children. His tests took the lives of 2,800 twins and send nearly half a million people to death camps.
Ivan the Terrible
Ivan the Terrible was the Tsar of Russia from 1533 to 1584. He fancied killing animals and humans just because it amused him. During the Novgorod Massacre, he ordered his troops to kill and torture 60,000 of his own countrymen. He took pleasure in watching his subjects being eaten by wild animals.
Talat Pasha, the Prime Minister to the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire was wholly responsible for the Armenian genocide. He literally ordered his men to wipe out the entire Armenian community. Pasha forced Armenians into concentration camps where they lived in inhumane conditions. He is responsible for killing more than a million Armenians.
King Leopold II of Belgium
Leopold ruled the Congo Free State from 1885 to 1908. He fooled the world into believing that he was contributing to the development of Congo. But he was in fact using the country as a slave labour camp. His men tortured and slaughtered the Congolese people. Under his reign, he killed nearly 50% of the population of Congo.
Idi Amin is considered ‘The most sadistic dictator in the 20th century’. He had no respect for human rights. Amin ordered the killing and expulsion of 70,000 Asians from Uganda. Thousands of lives of his own people were lost as a result of his sadism. He live telecasted executions of soldiers, doctors, and citizens. Amin killed nearly half a million Ugandans.
Pol Pot is the only man in history who ordered a genocide against his own country. His notion was to construct a ‘New World’ by destroying the old one. Families were separated and put into slave labor. Cambodians had no rights to eat at unspecified times under Pol Pot. If they were caught doing so, they would be buried alive. He killed nearly 3 million of his own countrymen.
History is a record of our past. We can either ignore it or learn from it. Learning would help us avoid the mistakes committed in the past. Ignoring the same, on the other hand, will result in history repeating itself.