The Biggest Unsung Tragedy of the 20th Century

Manuel Brenner
8 min readSep 10, 2023

History is a nightmare from which I’m trying to awake.
— James Joyce

When we think of the 20th century we think of a fair share of profound tragedies.

Some might think of famous disasters like the sinking of the Titanic or the Chernobyl disaster.

Above most tragedies tower the world wars. World War I became a devastating conflict where old-world military tactics collided with modern technology such as tanks, planes, artillery, and poison gas, leading to the loss of around 17 million lives, and…