Dietrich von Choltitz

1894 - 1966

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Dietrich Hugo Hermann von Choltitz (German pronunciation: [ˈdiːtʁɪç fɔn ˈkɔltɪts]; 9 November 1894 – 5 November 1966) was a German general. Sometimes referred to as the Saviour of Paris, he served in the Wehrmacht (armed forces) of Nazi Germany during World War II, as well as serving in the Reichswehr of the Weimar Republic, and the Royal Saxon Army during World War I. Born into an aristocratic Prussian family with a long history of military service, Choltitz joined the army at a young age and saw service on the Western Front during the First World War (1914–1918). He rose to the rank of Leutnant by the end of the war and was active in the interwar period helping Germany rebuild its armed forces. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Dietrich von Choltitz has received more than 1,107,734 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Dietrich von Choltitz is the 197th most popular military personnel (down from 173rd in 2019), the 487th most popular biography from Germany (down from 406th in 2019) and the 42nd most popular German Military Personnel.

Dietrich von Choltitz was a German general who was in charge of the defence of Paris during World War II. He is most famous for his refusal to obey Adolf Hitler's order to destroy Paris.

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Over the past year Dietrich von Choltitz has had the most page views in the with 116,015 views, followed by German (48,612), and Japanese (42,667). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Malay (73,700.00%), Basque (90.00%), and Slovenian (81.27%)


Among military personnels, Dietrich von Choltitz ranks 197 out of 2,058Before him are Jean-Baptiste Kléber, Emmanuel de Grouchy, marquis de Grouchy, Roman von Ungern-Sternberg, Giovanni Giustiniani, Syagrius, and Date Masamune. After him are Aleksei Brusilov, Bai Qi, Maximilian von Weichs, Andrey Vlasov, Henri de La Tour d'Auvergne, Viscount of Turenne, and Oskar Dirlewanger.

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Among people born in 1894, Dietrich von Choltitz ranks 20Before him are Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi, Fritz Sauckel, Joseph Roth, Harold Macmillan, Gala Dalí, and Isaac Babel. After him are Kiichiro Toyoda, Alfred Kinsey, Satyendra Nath Bose, Heinrich Lübke, Alexander Oparin, and Pyotr Kapitsa. Among people deceased in 1966, Dietrich von Choltitz ranks 20Before him are Lal Bahadur Shastri, Giuseppe Farina, Frits Zernike, Felix Steiner, Cemal Gürsel, and George de Hevesy. After him are Vincent Auriol, Guillermo Stábile, Montgomery Clift, Célestin Freinet, Paul Reynaud, and Albert Göring.

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Among people born in Germany, Dietrich von Choltitz ranks 487 out of 7,253Before him are Heinrich Otto Wieland (1877), Frederick III, Elector of Saxony (1463), Hans Baldung (1484), John Sigismund, Elector of Brandenburg (1572), Ernst Bloch (1885), and Rupert, King of Germany (1352). After him are Emile Berliner (1851), Maria Josepha of Saxony, Dauphine of France (1731), Otto Loewi (1873), Sophia of Nassau (1836), Jean Paul (1763), and Hans Eysenck (1916).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Dietrich von Choltitz ranks 42Before him are Paul Hausser (1880), Helmuth von Moltke the Younger (1848), Helmuth Weidling (1891), Georg von Küchler (1881), Hans Krebs (1898), and Ernst Busch (1885). After him are Maximilian von Weichs (1881), Oskar Dirlewanger (1895), Henning von Tresckow (1901), Erhard Milch (1892), Friedrich Olbricht (1888), and Wilhelm Burgdorf (1895).