Horst Wessel

1907 - 1930

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Horst Ludwig Georg Erich Wessel (9 October 1907 – 23 February 1930) was a Berlin Sturmführer ("Assault Leader", the lowest commissioned officer rank) of the Sturmabteilung (SA), the Nazi Party's stormtroopers. After his killing in 1930, he was made into a martyr for the Nazi cause by Joseph Goebbels. Wessel first joined a number of youth groups and extreme right-wing paramilitary groups, but later resigned from them and joined the SA, the brownshirted street-fighting stormtroopers of the Nazi Party. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Horst Wessel has received more than 970,014 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia. Horst Wessel is the 64th most popular social activist (down from 50th in 2019), the 537th most popular biography from Germany (down from 452nd in 2019) and the 7th most popular Social Activist.

Horst Wessel was a Nazi who was killed by Communists in 1930. He is most famous for being a Nazi who was killed by Communists.

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Among social activists, Horst Wessel ranks 64 out of 538Before him are Anneliese Michel, Widukind, Angela Davis, Lê Đức Thọ, Jane Addams, and Mustafa Barzani. After him are Lal Bahadur Shastri, Bhagat Singh, Kasturba Gandhi, Jimmy Hoffa, Beatrice Cenci, and Gabrielle d'Estrées.

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Among people born in 1907, Horst Wessel ranks 25Before him are John Bowlby, Robert A. Heinlein, Frank Whittle, Nikolaas Tinbergen, Hans Selye, and Hideki Yukawa. After him are Fred Zinnemann, Bhagat Singh, François Duvalier, Sister Lúcia, Louis Ferdinand, Prince of Prussia, and Maurice Blanchot. Among people deceased in 1930, Horst Wessel ranks 18Before him are Victoria of Baden, Fritz Pregl, D. H. Lawrence, Joan Gamper, Alfred von Tirpitz, and Lon Chaney. After him are Prince Leopold of Bavaria, Arthur Balfour, Siegfried Wagner, Ahmad Shah Qajar, Sakichi Toyoda, and Wilfrid Voynich.

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Among people born in Germany, Horst Wessel ranks 537 out of 6,142Before him are Henning von Tresckow (1901), Hans Spemann (1869), Hasso von Manteuffel (1897), Lothair II, Holy Roman Emperor (1075), Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742), and Eleonor Magdalene of Neuburg (1655). After him are Peter Simon Pallas (1741), Willy Messerschmitt (1898), Ananda Mahidol (1925), Hans Baldung (1484), Karl Schwarzschild (1873), and Albert the Bear (1100).


Among social activists born in Germany, Horst Wessel ranks 7Before him are Claus von Stauffenberg (1907), Thomas Müntzer (1489), Martin Niemöller (1892), Sophie Scholl (1921), Carl von Ossietzky (1889), and Anneliese Michel (1952). After him are Jenny von Westphalen (1814), Paul Schäfer (1921), Hans Scholl (1918), Alfred Naujocks (1911), Gerda Christian (1913), and Klaus Störtebeker (1360).