Hanns Martin Schleyer

1915 - 1977

Hanns Martin Schleyer

Hanns Martin Schleyer (German pronunciation: [ˈhaːns ˈmaɐtiːn ˈʃlaɪ̯ɐ̯]; 1 May 1915 – 18 October 1977) was a German member of the SS, business executive, and employer and industry representative, who served as President of two powerful commercial organizations, the Confederation of German Employers' Associations (Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen Arbeitgeberverbände, BDA) and the Federation of German Industries (Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie, BDI). Schleyer's role in those business organisations, his positions in the labour disputes and aggressive appearance on television, his conservative anti-communist views and position as a prominent member of the Christian Democratic Union, and his past as an enthusiastic member of the Nazi student movement and former SS officer made him a target for radical elements of the German student movement in the 1970s.He was kidnapped on 5 September 1977 by the far left Red Army Faction (Rote Armee Fraktion, RAF) and subsequently murdered; his driver and police escort of three policemen were also murdered when his car was ambushed. The German government decided to not negotiate with terrorists. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hanns Martin Schleyer has received more than 175,335 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 185th most popular social activist.

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Among social activists, Hanns Martin Schleyer ranks 184 out of 426Before him are Joe Hill, W. E. B. Du Bois, Rigoberta Menchú, Mentor of Rhodes, Hilda Gadea, and Christoph Probst. After him are Max Mosley, Kailash Satyarthi, Ravachol, Bacha Khan, Subcomandante Marcos, and Tuvia Bielski.

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Among people born in 1915, Hanns Martin Schleyer ranks 76Before him are Abba Eban, Gyula Zsengellér, Santiago Carrillo, J. C. R. Licklider, Geraldine of Albania, and Kiyosi Itô. After him are Robert Monroe, Kunihiko Kodaira, John Vorster, Georgy Sviridov, Ibolya Csák, and Liisi Oterma. Among people deceased in 1977, Hanns Martin Schleyer ranks 60Before him are Paul Desmond, Edmond Hamilton, Bruno Streckenbach, Clementine Churchill, Yevgenia Ginzburg, and Carlos Pace. After him are Marc Bolan, Oskar Klein, James M. Cain, Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia, Takeo Kurita, and Kamal Jumblatt.

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Among people born in Germany, Hanns Martin Schleyer ranks 1,627 out of 3,763Before him are August Ludwig von Schlözer (1735), Erich Topp (1914), Princess Sophia Dorothea of Prussia (1719), Arthur Moeller van den Bruck (1876), Udo Dirkschneider (1952), and Ralf Hütter (1946). After him are Diane Kruger (1976), John Jacob Astor (1763), Hans Poelzig (1869), Fastrada (765), Gustav von Schmoller (1838), and Duchess Augusta of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1764).


Among social activists born in Germany, Hanns Martin Schleyer ranks 15Before him are Hans Scholl (1918), Gerda Christian (1913), Alfred Naujocks (1911), Rudi Dutschke (1940), Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen (1818), and Christoph Probst (1919). After him are Isdal Woman (1940).

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