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. Popularly known 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 738,381 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Dietrich von Choltitz is the 202nd most popular military personnel (up from 238th in 2019), the 476th most popular biography from Germany (up from 545th in 2019) and the 46th 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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Among military personnels, Dietrich von Choltitz ranks 202 out of 1,466Before him are Wilhelm Burgdorf, Kurt Meyer, Pittacus of Mytilene, Syagrius, Helmuth von Moltke the Younger, and Roman von Ungern-Sternberg. After him are Parmenion, Lysander, Tadamichi Kuribayashi, Hasso von Manteuffel, Oenomaus, and Tōgō Heihachirō.

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Among people born in 1894, Dietrich von Choltitz ranks 20Before him are Joseph Roth, Harold Macmillan, Fritz Sauckel, Alfred Kinsey, Gala Dalí, and Moshe Sharett. After him are Isaac Babel, Martha Graham, Benjamin Graham, Hermann Oberth, Dashiell Hammett, and Arthur Nebe. Among people deceased in 1966, Dietrich von Choltitz ranks 17Before him are Montgomery Clift, Giuseppe Farina, Peter Debye, Ken Miles, Sayyid Qutb, and Felix Steiner. After him are Cemal Gürsel, George de Hevesy, Frits Zernike, Célestin Freinet, Guillermo Stábile, and Vincent Auriol.

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Among people born in Germany, Dietrich von Choltitz ranks 476 out of 5,289Before him are Gerda Taro (1910), Adolf Butenandt (1903), George Grosz (1893), Hans Jonas (1903), Lothair II, Holy Roman Emperor (1075), and Patrick Süskind (1949). After him are Albert the Bear (1100), Samuel von Pufendorf (1632), Hasso von Manteuffel (1897), Bernhard von Bülow (1849), Duchess Sophie Charlotte in Bavaria (1847), and Karl Ziegler (1898).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Dietrich von Choltitz ranks 46Before him are Wilhelm List (1880), Joachim Peiper (1915), Oskar Dirlewanger (1895), Wilhelm Burgdorf (1895), Kurt Meyer (1910), and Helmuth von Moltke the Younger (1848). After him are Hasso von Manteuffel (1897), Otto Carius (1922), Erhard Milch (1892), Friedrich Olbricht (1888), Maximilian von Weichs (1881), and Hans von Seeckt (1866).