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 858,503 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Horst Wessel is the 50th most popular social activist (up from 51st in 2019), the 452nd most popular biography from Germany (down from 437th in 2019) and the 6th most popular German 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 50 out of 544Before him are Shirin Ebadi, Babak Khorramdin, Thích Quảng Đức, Camilo Cienfuegos, Emily Greene Balch, and Hassan al-Banna. After him are Toussaint Louverture, Buenaventura Durruti, Yemelyan Pugachev, Alfred Hermann Fried, Túpac Amaru II, and Lê Đức Thọ.

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Among people born in 1907, Horst Wessel ranks 22Before him are Yang Shangkun, François Duvalier, John Bowlby, Nikolaas Tinbergen, Robert A. Heinlein, and Lin Biao. After him are Frank Whittle, J. Hans D. Jensen, Sister Lúcia, Fred Zinnemann, Dora Maar, and Hans Selye. Among people deceased in 1930, Horst Wessel ranks 12Before him are William Howard Taft, Zewditu, Miguel Primo de Rivera, Allvar Gullstrand, D. H. Lawrence, and Cosima Wagner. After him are Joan Gamper, Christiaan Eijkman, Lon Chaney, Fritz Pregl, Alfred von Tirpitz, and Victoria of Baden.

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Among people born in Germany, Horst Wessel ranks 452 out of 5,289Before him are Werner von Fritsch (1880), Peter Simon Pallas (1741), Kurt Georg Kiesinger (1904), Oskar Dirlewanger (1895), Richard Willstätter (1872), and August Weismann (1834). After him are Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria (1573), Louise Mountbatten (1889), Hans Lippershey (1570), J. Hans D. Jensen (1907), Elisabeth of Bavaria, Queen of Belgium (1876), and Maria Josepha of Bavaria (1739).


Among social activists born in Germany, Horst Wessel ranks 6Before him are Claus von Stauffenberg (1907), Thomas Müntzer (1489), Martin Niemöller (1892), Sophie Scholl (1921), and Carl von Ossietzky (1889). After him are Anneliese Michel (1952), Jenny von Westphalen (1814), Hans Scholl (1918), Paul Schäfer (1921), Alfred Naujocks (1911), and Gerda Christian (1913).