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 647,289 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Erich Mielke is the 2,716th most popular politician (down from 2,696th in 2019), the 756th most popular biography from Germany (down from 712th in 2019) and the 205th 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 2,716 out of 15,710Before him are Sweyn III of Denmark, Abdullah Yusuf Azzam, Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, Huáscar, Stefan Dečanski, and Christine of France. After him are Alfonso III of Aragon, Mentuhotep IV, Leopold I, Duke of Austria, Emperor Ming of Han, Charles III, Duke of Lorraine, and Bindusara.

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Among people born in 1907, Erich Mielke ranks 40Before him are Hideki Yukawa, Otto Ohlendorf, Solomon Asch, Burgess Meredith, Konstantinos Karamanlis, and Lucien Laurent. After him are Giovanna of Italy, Barbara Stanwyck, Daniel Bovet, Zarah Leander, W. H. Auden, and Henri-Georges Clouzot. Among people deceased in 2000, Erich Mielke ranks 25Before him are Tommaso Buscetta, Arkan, Pierre Trudeau, Abulfaz Elchibey, Gino Bartali, and Konrad Emil Bloch. After him are Giovanna of Italy, Louis Néel, Princess María de las Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Empress Kōjun, Steve Reeves, and John Harsanyi.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Erich Mielke ranks 756 out of 5,289Before him are Rudi Völler (1960), Frederick Trump (1869), Sandra (1962), Friedrich Ludwig Jahn (1778), Carl Spitzweg (1808), and Volker Schlöndorff (1939). After him are Johann Heinrich von Thünen (1783), Johannes Peter Müller (1801), Philip I, Landgrave of Hesse (1504), John William Friso, Prince of Orange (1687), Julius Schreck (1898), and Georg Ernst Stahl (1659).

Among POLITICIANS In Germany

Among politicians born in Germany, Erich Mielke ranks 205Before him are Countess Augusta Reuss of Ebersdorf (1757), Gisela of Hungary (980), Frederick Augustus II of Saxony (1797), Albert Casimir, Duke of Teschen (1738), Wied, Prince of Albania (1876), and Friedrich Ludwig Jahn (1778). After him are Philip I, Landgrave of Hesse (1504), John William Friso, Prince of Orange (1687), Julius Schreck (1898), Otto Ernst Remer (1912), Gudrun Burwitz (1929), and Juana Bormann (1893).