The Ironies of the 20th Century’s Grand Narratives

Manuel Brenner
19 min readNov 18, 2023

History is written by the victors.
Winston Churchill/Hermann Göring

Who is the most evil person in the history of mankind? Before even going on a Google search, I was quite sure who would make it out on top of most of the lists, and indeed, he did on the first five I checked: Adolf Hitler.

Hitler earned himself such a bad reputation that both his first and last name have fallen entirely out of fashion. Adolf, among the 15 most popular first names in Germany in the 19th century, is now only given to 15 people per…