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Erich Mielke

1907 - 2000

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Erich Fritz Emil Mielke (German: [ˈeːʁɪç ˈmiːlkə]; 28 December 1907 – 21 May 2000) was a German communist official who served as head of the East German Ministry for State Security (Ministerium für Staatsicherheit – MfS), better known as the Stasi, from 1957 until shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. A native of Berlin and a second-generation member of the Communist Party of Germany, Mielke was one of two triggermen in the 1931 murders of Berlin Police captains Paul Anlauf and Franz Lenck. After learning that a witness had survived, Mielke escaped arrest by fleeing to the Soviet Union, where the NKVD recruited him. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Erich Mielke has received more than 916,736 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Erich Mielke is the 2,474th most popular politician (up from 2,711th in 2019), the 663rd most popular biography from Germany (up from 756th in 2019) and the 183rd most popular German Politician.

Erich Mielke was the head of the East German Ministry for State Security (Stasi). He was responsible for the Stasi's surveillance and repression of the East German population.

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Among politicians, Erich Mielke ranks 2,474 out of 15,577Before him are Pierre Trudeau, Ezer Weizman, Milton Obote, George William, Elector of Brandenburg, Ferdinand Marcos, and Weneg. After him are Isabella Jagiellon, Emperor Suzong of Tang, John VII Palaiologos, Haakon IV of Norway, Urukagina, and Ferdinand Philippe, Duke of Orléans.

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Among people born in 1907, Erich Mielke ranks 40Before him are Solomon Asch, Burgess Meredith, Otto Ohlendorf, Konstantinos Karamanlis, Giovanna of Italy, and Compay Segundo. After him are Daniel Bovet, Barbara Stanwyck, Pujie, Lucien Laurent, Varlam Shalamov, and Lee Miller. Among people deceased in 2000, Erich Mielke ranks 21Before him are Konrad Emil Bloch, Abulfaz Elchibey, Carl Barks, Gherman Titov, Giovanna of Italy, and Pierre Trudeau. After him are Tommaso Buscetta, Louis Néel, Jason Robards, Empress Kōjun, Steve Reeves, and Sirimavo Bandaranaike.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Erich Mielke ranks 663 out of 6,142Before him are Hugo Junkers (1859), Heinrich Otto Wieland (1877), Kurt Schwitters (1887), August Macke (1887), John William Friso, Prince of Orange (1687), and George William, Elector of Brandenburg (1595). After him are Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805), Princess Charlotte of Prussia (1860), Ottmar Hitzfeld (1949), Frederick Christian, Elector of Saxony (1722), Walter Scheel (1919), and George, King of Saxony (1832).

Among POLITICIANS In Germany

Among politicians born in Germany, Erich Mielke ranks 183Before him are Wilhelmine Amalia of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1673), Elsa Einstein (1876), Maria Anna of Bavaria (1805), Carlos Kleiber (1930), John William Friso, Prince of Orange (1687), and George William, Elector of Brandenburg (1595). After him are Frederick Christian, Elector of Saxony (1722), Walter Scheel (1919), George, King of Saxony (1832), Gustav Heinemann (1899), Ingeborg of Denmark, Queen of France (1174), and Ludwig Stumpfegger (1910).