Anneliese Michel

1952 - 1976

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Anna Elisabeth "Anneliese" Michel (21 September 1952 – 1 July 1976) was a German woman who underwent 67 Catholic exorcism rites during the year before her death. She died of malnutrition, for which her parents and priest were convicted of negligent homicide. She was diagnosed with epileptic psychosis (temporal lobe epilepsy) and had a history of psychiatric treatment, which was overall not effective.When Michel was 16, she experienced a seizure and was diagnosed with psychosis caused by temporal lobe epilepsy. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Anneliese Michel has received more than 5,348,790 page views. Her biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Anneliese Michel is the 65th most popular social activist (down from 63rd in 2019), the 598th most popular biography from Germany (down from 561st in 2019) and the 7th most popular German Social Activist.

Anneliese Michel was a German woman who was believed to be possessed by demons. She underwent exorcism rites for over 10 years.

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Among social activists, Anneliese Michel ranks 65 out of 544Before her are Bhagat Singh, Fra Dolcino, Nicholas Winton, Axel Munthe, Widukind, and Mukhtar al-Thaqafi. After her are Errico Malatesta, Mustafa Barzani, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, Dominique Pire, Dragutin Dimitrijević, and Gabrielle d'Estrées.

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Among people born in 1952, Anneliese Michel ranks 20Before her are Sylvia Kristel, Gary Moore, Nelson Piquet, Francis Fukuyama, John Goodman, and Roger Milla. After her are Sammo Hung, Jeff Goldblum, Oleg Blokhin, Douglas Adams, Arkan, and Isabella Rossellini. Among people deceased in 1976, Anneliese Michel ranks 30Before her are Raymond Queneau, Rudolf Bultmann, Benjamin Graham, Zhu De, Leopold Ružička, and Choe Yong-gon. After her are Juscelino Kubitschek, Gustav Heinemann, Émile Benveniste, Knud, Hereditary Prince of Denmark, Josef Albers, and René Cassin.

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Among people born in Germany, Anneliese Michel ranks 598 out of 5,289Before her are Klaus Meine (1948), Ernest Augustus, Elector of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1629), Paul Breitner (1951), Hedwig of Silesia (1174), Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (1750), and Oliver Kahn (1969). After her are Roman Herzog (1934), Elisabeth of Wied (1843), Willi Stoph (1914), Rudolf Mössbauer (1929), Maria Sophie of Bavaria (1841), and Louis Ferdinand, Prince of Prussia (1907).


Among social activists born in Germany, Anneliese Michel ranks 7Before her are Claus von Stauffenberg (1907), Thomas Müntzer (1489), Martin Niemöller (1892), Sophie Scholl (1921), Carl von Ossietzky (1889), and Horst Wessel (1907). After her are Jenny von Westphalen (1814), Hans Scholl (1918), Paul Schäfer (1921), Alfred Naujocks (1911), Gerda Christian (1913), and Klaus Störtebeker (1360).