Hanns Martin Schleyer

1915 - 1977

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Hanns Martin Schleyer (German pronunciation: [ˈhans ˈmaʁtiːn ˈʃlaɪ̯ɐ]; 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 became a target for radical elements of the German student movement in the 1970s for his role in those business organisations, positions in the labour disputes, aggressive appearance on television, conservative anti-communist views, position as a prominent member of the Christian Democratic Union, and past as an enthusiastic member of the Nazi student movement and a former SS officer.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 determined that it was in the national interest not to negotiate with terrorists. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hanns Martin Schleyer has received more than 225,369 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). Hanns Martin Schleyer is the 191st most popular social activist (down from 185th in 2019), the 1,759th most popular biography from Germany (down from 1,626th in 2019) and the 17th most popular German Social Activist.

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Among social activists, Hanns Martin Schleyer ranks 191 out of 544Before him are Sojourner Truth, Max Mosley, Carl Oberg, Hrant Dink, Rigoberta Menchú, and Al-Shaykh Al-Mufid. After him are Bacha Khan, Chico Mendes, Margaret Sanger, Huber Matos, Simon bar Giora, and Lalla Fatma N'Soumer.

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Among people born in 1915, Hanns Martin Schleyer ranks 72Before him are Takeshi Kamo, Peter Medawar, Thomas Merton, Abba Eban, Jacques Chaban-Delmas, and Kon Ichikawa. After him are J. C. R. Licklider, Liisi Oterma, Tadeusz Kantor, Ross Macdonald, Geraldine of Albania, and John Profumo. Among people deceased in 1977, Hanns Martin Schleyer ranks 62Before him are Shogo Kamo, Juan Velasco Alvarado, Jan Patočka, Marc Bolan, Eduard Roschmann, and Takeo Kurita. After him are Hans Martin Sutermeister, Carl Gustaf von Rosen, Marien Ngouabi, Alia Al-Hussein, Tom Pryce, and Jacques Tourneur.

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Among people born in Germany, Hanns Martin Schleyer ranks 1,759 out of 5,289Before him are Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Crown Princess of Prussia (1746), Jordan of Saxony (1190), Felix Nussbaum (1904), Anton von Werner (1843), Rudolf Schmidt (1886), and Otto V, Duke of Bavaria (1346). After him are Sebastian Haffner (1907), Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge (1795), August Ludwig von Schlözer (1735), Prince Josias of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (1737), Wolf-Heinrich Graf von Helldorff (1896), and Johann Gottfried Schadow (1764).


Among social activists born in Germany, Hanns Martin Schleyer ranks 17Before him are Alfred Naujocks (1911), Gerda Christian (1913), Klaus Störtebeker (1360), Rudi Dutschke (1940), Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen (1818), and Carl Oberg (1897). After him are Christoph Probst (1919), Ludolf von Alvensleben (1901), Christa Schroeder (1908), Isdal Woman (1940), Anita Augspurg (1857), and Joseph Weydemeyer (1818).