Who is the biggest mass murderer in history? Probably, the majority think that Adolf Hitler, the Holocaust architect. The others would point to the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, who for sure killed more innocent people than Hitler did.
But Hitler, as well as Stalin, were beaten by Mao Zedong. From 1958 till 1962, the “Great Leap Forward” policy led to the death of 45 million people, transforming it in the most bloody episode from the mass murders history.
Exploring the made recently public statistics, the historians tell that tens of millions of people were dying because of hunger. Another 2-3 million victims were killed through torture for any offense for which they were considered guilty. When a boy stole a handful of wheat, the local chief, Xiong Dechang, forced his father to burn him alive. The father died several days later because of suffering.
What was truly involving the “Great Leap Forward” was, until recently, not accessible for pupils. But historians’ study is noteworthy in the conditions in which it shows that the victims’ number could be much more than that known and that mass murder was premeditated from the beginning. There was even enough the figure which was known years ago, that was indicating 30 million victims, to make Mao guilty for the most bloody mass murder in human history.