Originally posted by AThousandYoung to KazetNagorra
In the interests of furthering this fascinating line of discussion, I will ask you - would it be bad to kill Hitler if you could go back in time?!
"...would it be bad to kill Hitler if you could go back in time?"
At which exact moment in time would this decision be made?
What would be the consequences for the person who killed Hitler?
There's a story that, rather late in the war, Stalin was asked if he would
like to approve of proceeding with a Soviet potential mission to kill Hitler.
By that time, however, Stalin believed that it was better to keep Hitler
alive. Hitler's military errors were helping the USSR to win more easily.
And if Hitler were replaced by another leader (who had fewer ties to the
Nazis), that might open the door for a separate peace between Germany
and the western Allies, which would enable Germany to concentrate on
fighting the USSR. Yes, the western Allies had promised not to make any
separate peace with Germany, but Stalin hardly trusted the western Allies.
Earlier in the war, there was a reported Soviet secret agent, Olga Chekhova
(an ethnic German who had grown up in Russia), who was Hitler's favourite
film actress. Indeed, Hitler seemed to have quite an infatuation with her.
Presumably, Olga Chekhova's instructions (from the NKVD) were to get as
close as possible to Hitler, even if she had to sleep with him. But nothing
like that ever took place, and she had minimal contact with Hitler for most
of the war. I don't know what Olga Chekhova would have done if she had
been ordered to kill Hitler, knowing that this deed would have been suicidal.