Carl von Ossietzky

1889 - 1938

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Carl von Ossietzky (German: [kaʁl fɔn ʔɔˈsi̯ɛtskiː] (listen); 3 October 1889 – 4 May 1938) was a German journalist and pacifist. He was the recipient of the 1935 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in exposing the clandestine German re-armament.As editor-in-chief of the magazine Die Weltbühne, Ossietzky published a series of exposés in the late 1920s, detailing Germany's violation of the Treaty of Versailles by rebuilding an air force (the predecessor of the Luftwaffe) and training pilots in the Soviet Union. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Carl von Ossietzky has received more than 375,240 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 56 in 2019). Carl von Ossietzky is the 41st most popular social activist (down from 40th in 2019), the 357th most popular biography from Germany (down from 349th in 2019) and the 5th most popular German Social Activist.

Carl von Ossietzky was a German pacifist and journalist. He is most famous for being the recipient of the 1935 Nobel Peace Prize, but was unable to accept it in person because he was imprisoned in Nazi Germany.

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Among social activists, Carl von Ossietzky ranks 41 out of 544Before him are Sophie Scholl, Jimmy Hoffa, Pheidippides, Omar Mukhtar, Simon Wiesenthal, and Alexey Stakhanov. After him are Stenka Razin, Élie Ducommun, Shirin Ebadi, Babak Khorramdin, Thích Quảng Đức, and Camilo Cienfuegos.

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Among people born in 1889, Carl von Ossietzky ranks 16Before him are Anna Akhmatova, Arnold J. Toynbee, Vaslav Nijinsky, Igor Sikorsky, Idris of Libya, and Manuel II of Portugal. After him are Gabriel Marcel, Otto Frank, Gabriela Mistral, Paul Karrer, Louise Mountbatten, and Jacob L. Moreno. Among people deceased in 1938, Carl von Ossietzky ranks 15Before him are Faustina Kowalska, Kanō Jigorō, Charles Édouard Guillaume, Karl Kautsky, Robert Johnson, and Thomas Wolfe. After him are Alexei Rykov, Genrikh Yagoda, Muhammad Iqbal, Gabriele D'Annunzio, Mary Mallon, and Suzanne Valadon.

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Among people born in Germany, Carl von Ossietzky ranks 357 out of 5,289Before him are Traudl Junge (1920), August Kekulé (1829), Hermann Fegelein (1906), Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1776), Ernst Busch (1885), and Karen Horney (1885). After him are Helmuth Weidling (1891), Ernst Abbe (1840), Werner Herzog (1942), Maximilian II of Bavaria (1811), Franz Halder (1884), and Ernst Ruska (1906).


Among social activists born in Germany, Carl von Ossietzky ranks 5Before him are Claus von Stauffenberg (1907), Thomas Müntzer (1489), Martin Niemöller (1892), and Sophie Scholl (1921). After him are Horst Wessel (1907), Anneliese Michel (1952), Jenny von Westphalen (1814), Hans Scholl (1918), Paul Schäfer (1921), Alfred Naujocks (1911), and Gerda Christian (1913).