Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Full Name: Rafael Leónidas Trujillo Molina. AKA 'El Jefe' (the chief), AKA 'El Chivo' (the goat), AKA 'Chapita' (bottle top).
Dates in Power: 1930-1937, 1942-1952
Country:Dominican Republic.
Repression: Around 20,000 Haitians killed in 1937. (Estimates of the number of Haitians killed vary from several hundred to 30,000.) An unknown number of Dominican dissidents and opposition figures killed during his 31-year reign.
Distinguishing Aspects of Trujillo: Cult of Personality, caudillo mentality, anticommunism, extreme nationalism and sexual displays as a means of attracting popular support.
Brief Biography in Wikipedia
Chronology and Biography in Killers and Heroes of the 20th Century
Biography in Colonial Zone

Poster that reads: The Domincan Party: Rectitude, Liberty and Work. From its the The Dominican Party was established by dictator Trujillo to serve his own interests. Through fear and psychological pressure this became the only party in the Dominican Republic where (ironically) even the most fervent opponents of the regimen were members

Trujillo Stamp. Cult of Personality became one of the most significant aspect of the Trujillo regime as well as the use of history to justify his dictatorship. The dominican people were made to believe that they needed a superman and a Mesiah like Trujillo to guide their destinies.

In official photos Trujillo appeared surrounded by women (either his wife and daughters) as a means to portray the macho characteristics of the dictator and a way to appeal for support. For more information and research on this fascinating topic see book by Lauren Derby titled 'The Dictator's Seduction: Politics and the Popular Imagination in the Era of Trujillo'

See Photo Gallery and biography of Trujillo in Spanish


QUESTION IN RECENT POLL:¿Which of the following totalitarian rulers have governed for the longest period?
1 - Fidel Castro 50 years in power and 'unfortunately' still counting ...2- Kim Il Sung: 46 years 3- Joseph Stalin: 32 years4- Mao Tse Tung: 27 years5- Benito Mussolini: 21 years6- Pol Pot: 16 years7- Adolph Hitler 11 years
RESPONSE: Fidel Castro wins the contest as the longest tyrant of the 20th and 21st century. He has oppressed the Cuban people for the past for fifty years. Congratulations to all participants, specially to the the 14 voters that answered the question correctly.
Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz.
Fifty years in power and still counting...
Castro has been in office accumulating a great deal of power as Commander in Chief, Prime Minister, General Secretary of the Communist Party, First Secretary of the Council of State and Council of Ministers and self proclaimed "president" of the republic since January 1, 1959. Although he renounced his post as Commander in Chief and President after falling ill on 31 August of 2006, he is still the Communist Party of Cuba's First Secretary and rules the nation from behind the curtain.
Kim Il Sung.President of the "Democratic" Republic of Korea (46 years in power)In power as Prime Minister, President and General Secretary of the Worker's Party from the founding of the nation in 1948 until his death in 1994.
Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin, (born Iosef Besarionis dze Jughashvili) in power as General Secretary of the Communist Party from 3 April, 1922 until his death in 5 March, 1954.
Mao Zedong (Simplified Chinese:Mao Tse-tung (Wade-Giles)
1st Chairman of the Communist Party of China since 1945.In power as Chairman of the Party since the founding of the People's Republic of China on October 1, 1949 until his death on 18 September, 1976.
Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini,In power from October 31, 1922 until July 25, 1943.
Saloth Sar or Minh Hai widely known as Pol Pot.General Secretary of the Communist Party of KampucheaPolitical party: Khmer RougeIn office from 1963 until 1979
Adolf HitlerFührer of GermanyIn office from 2 August 1934 until 30 April 1945Political party: National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP)
Source: Wikipedia