Post the absolute worst historical figures from human history. Bonus points if they are NOT from the mid 20th century.
I'll get this thread started off with Lavrentiy Beria
>He attended the Yalta Conference with Stalin, who introduced him to U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt as "our Himmler".
>After the war, he organized the communist takeover of the state institutions of Central and Eastern Europe.
>In 1924 he led the repression of a Georgian nationalist uprising, after which up to 10,000 people were executed. For this display of "Bolshevik ruthlessness," Beria was appointed head of the "secret-political division" of the Transcaucasian OGPU and was awarded the Order of the Red Banner.
>When Stalin's purge of the Communist Party and government began in 1934 after the assassination of Leningrad party boss Sergei Kirov (1 December 1934), Beria ran the purges in Transcaucasia. He used the opportunity to settle many old scores
It was all down hill for the west after this.
more on Beria
>On 5 March 1940, after the Gestapo–NKVD Third Conference was held in Zakopane, Beria sent a note (no. 794/B) to Stalin in which he stated that the Polish prisoners of war kept at camps and prisons in western Belarus and Ukraine were enemies of the Soviet Union, and recommended their execution. Most of them were military officers, but there were also intelligentsia, doctors, and priests and others for a total of over 22,000. With Stalin's approval, Beria's NKVD executed them in what became known as the Katyn massacre.
pic related is said note to Stalin
>Khrushchev wrote in his memoirs that Beria had, immediately after Stalin's stroke, gone about "spewing hatred against [Stalin] and mocking him." When Stalin showed signs of consciousness, Beria dropped to his knees and kissed his hand. When Stalin fell unconscious again, Beria immediately stood and spat.
>At Beria's trial after his June 1953 arrest, a significant number of rapes by him were brought to light. Beria raped large numbers of young women, who were picked off the streets by his bodyguards and brought to his mansion, as well as of using threats and intimidation to extract sexual favors from the wives of Soviet officials.
>According to open Soviet archives, he had committed "dozens" of sexual assaults during the years he was NKVD chief.
>on warm nights during the war years, Beria was often driven slowly through the streets of Moscow in his armored Packard limousine. He would point out young women to be detained and escorted to his mansion where wine and a feast awaited them. After dining, Beria would take the women into his soundproofed office and rape them. Beria's bodyguards reported that their orders included handing each victim a flower bouquet as she left Beria's house. The implication being that to accept made it consensual; refusal would mean arrest. In one incident his chief bodyguard, Sarkisov, reported that a woman who had been brought to Beria rejected his advances and ran out of his office; Sarkisov mistakenly handed her the flowers anyway prompting the enraged Beria to declare "Now it's not a bouquet, it's a wreath! May it rot on your grave!" The woman was arrested by the NKVD the next day.
>Women also submitted to Beria's sexual advances in exchange for the promise of freeing their relatives from the Gulag. In one case, Beria picked up Tatiana Okunevskaya - a well-known Soviet actress - under the pretence of bringing her to perform for the Politburo. Instead he took her to his dacha where he offered to free her father and grandmother from NKVD prison if she submitted. He then raped her telling her "scream or not, it doesn't matter." Yet Beria already knew her relatives had been executed months earlier. Okunevskaya was arrested shortly afterwards and sentenced to solitary confinement in the Gulag from which she survived.
Evidence suggests that Beria not only abducted and raped women but some were also murdered. His villa in Moscow is now the Tunisian Embassy. In the mid 1990s, routine work in the grounds turned up the bone remains of several young girls buried in the gardens. According to Martin Sixsmith, in a BBC documentary, "Beria spent his nights having teenagers abducted from the streets and brought here for him to rape. Those who resisted were strangled and buried in his wife's rose garden."
>When the death sentence was passed, Beria pleaded on his knees for mercy before collapsing to the floor and wailing and crying energetically, but to no avail
>He was shot through the forehead by General Pavel Batitsky who had to stuff a rag into Beria's mouth to silence his bawling
Died like a bitch.
Typical coward who only committed atrocities because he was 100% certain he would always have the influence to get away with it. They never consider that what they inflict upon others can happen to them. The downfall of many a psychopathic who are mentally incapable of considering anyone but themselves as a sentient being
In other words fuck that faggot
I wouldn't say worst person that ever lived. There is a interesting psychological examination of Dirlewanger in this book. Its really good.
It explains alot about him.
>Posts Georges Clemencau
>Doesn't post Nivelle
As someone who spent a decade working a desk job in defense, I'm not surprised by Beria at all (i've known about him a long time though, his life is fascinating). Many high ranking people I ran into were flat out fucking psychopaths and would have been Beria tier if they didn't have oversight and honestly get to pretty abusive levels with oversight, I have some stories man.
This pretty much, Leopold was a classic serial killing sadist who could carry it out on a mass murder scale.
Lots of upper level pen pushers, so "policy" and planning etc simply don't give a fuck about the value of human life, the only reason they try to limit it is because of bad press, they honestly would have no problem nuking a civilian city if it would make their job easier, I've been in conversations where some psycho's were laughing about "splattered bugs" in a strike they had planned that killed a fucktonne of children and women at a wedding.
Also to staff they can get very abusive as well, for example in one project, one person was not allowed to the hospital and see his wife who was dying of breast cancer and even berated him to "work harder because when you get through your work load then maybe we'll let you leave" and of course, she died. That one project I was on had many people basically quit due to post traumatic stress disorder simply because of how fucking psycho the management goons were. It was also then I decided I was out of there.
Also there's a rapey culture and a drug abuse (coke) culture as well among the upper levels.
>His late night meetings with Hitler turned Hitler's Antisemitism into something virulent and eventually convinced him to break the Soviet non-aggression pact