Herbert Kappler

1907 - 1978

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Herbert Kappler (23 September 1907 – 9 February 1978) was a key German SS functionary and war criminal during the Nazi era. He served as head of German police and security services (Sicherheitspolizei and SD) in Rome during the Second World War and was responsible for the Ardeatine massacre. Following the end of the war, Kappler stood trial in Italy and was sentenced to life imprisonment. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Herbert Kappler has received more than 568,479 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). Herbert Kappler is the 738th most popular military personnel (down from 636th in 2019), the 1,807th most popular biography from Germany (down from 1,553rd in 2019) and the 135th most popular German Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Herbert Kappler ranks 738 out of 2,058Before him are Yitzhak Hofi, Köten, Minamoto no Yorimasa, Herberts Cukurs, Osami Nagano, and Boris Sheremetev. After him are Artur Phleps, Iosif Gurko, Artabazos II, George B. McClellan, Julius von Payer, and Louis-Joseph de Montcalm.

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Among people born in 1907, Herbert Kappler ranks 100Before him are Avraham Stern, Manfred von Ardenne, Momčilo Đujić, Ernesto Mascheroni, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, and Arseny Tarkovsky. After him are Frithjof Schuon, Charles Eames, John Mauchly, Takeo Miki, Hans Martin Sutermeister, and Pedro Arrupe. Among people deceased in 1978, Herbert Kappler ranks 65Before him are Robert Shaw, Hubert Humphrey, Jack L. Warner, Shozo Tsugitani, Arnold Hauser, and Philibert Tsiranana. After him are Jean Améry, Charles Eames, José Manuel Moreno, Lilya Brik, Max Decugis, and Jens Otto Krag.

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Among people born in Germany, Herbert Kappler ranks 1,807 out of 7,253Before him are Ernst Nolte (1923), Ernest Augustus, Crown Prince of Hanover (1845), Friedrich Naumann (1860), George II, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (1605), Christoph Graupner (1683), and Michael Schenker (1955). After him are Adolf Bastian (1826), Charles Alexander, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (1818), Johann Gottfried Walther (1684), William III, Landgrave of Thuringia (1425), Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia (1772), and Robert Enke (1977).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Herbert Kappler ranks 135Before him are Duke Ferdinand of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1721), Hans Langsdorff (1894), Carl Gustav Rehnskiöld (1651), Wilhelm Schepmann (1894), Friedrich Wilhelm Freiherr von Bülow (1755), and Leo Geyr von Schweppenburg (1886). After him are Oswald Boelcke (1891), Albert Leo Schlageter (1894), Friedrich Hossbach (1894), Walter Stennes (1895), Hermann-Bernhard Ramcke (1889), and Otto von Lossow (1868).