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 934,639 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Dietrich von Choltitz is the 167th most popular military personnel (up from 202nd in 2019), the 406th most popular biography from Germany (up from 476th in 2019) and the 41st most popular 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 167 out of 1,468Before him are Pyotr Bagration, Louis-Alexandre Berthier, Joseph Joffre, Ernst Busch, Joachim Peiper, and Auguste de Marmont. After him are George Armstrong Custer, Paul Tibbets, Józef Poniatowski, Hans Krebs, Oskar Dirlewanger, and Akechi Mitsuhide.

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Among people born in 1894, Dietrich von Choltitz ranks 17Before him are Jean Renoir, Norbert Wiener, Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi, Joseph Roth, Harold Macmillan, and Fritz Sauckel. After him are Gala Dalí, Benjamin Graham, Alfred Kinsey, Isaac Babel, Moshe Sharett, and Martha Graham. Among people deceased in 1966, Dietrich von Choltitz ranks 16Before him are Jean Arp, Sepp Dietrich, Sayyid Qutb, Giuseppe Farina, Chester W. Nimitz, and Montgomery Clift. After him are Felix Steiner, Cemal Gürsel, George de Hevesy, Frits Zernike, Lal Bahadur Shastri, and Célestin Freinet.

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Among people born in Germany, Dietrich von Choltitz ranks 406 out of 6,142Before him are Robert Ley (1890), Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1784), Klaus Meine (1948), Christopher of Bavaria (1416), Carol I of Romania (1839), and J. Hans D. Jensen (1907). After him are Gerda Taro (1910), Maria Amalia of Saxony (1724), Regiomontanus (1436), Alexander Grothendieck (1928), Louis II, Prince of Monaco (1870), and Christian V of Denmark (1646).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Dietrich von Choltitz ranks 41Before him are Ferdinand Schörner (1892), Georg von Küchler (1881), Helmuth Weidling (1891), Alfred von Schlieffen (1833), Ernst Busch (1885), and Joachim Peiper (1915). After him are Hans Krebs (1898), Oskar Dirlewanger (1895), Helmuth von Moltke the Younger (1848), Walther von Reichenau (1884), Wilhelm List (1880), and Wilhelm Burgdorf (1895).