Ilse Koch

1906 - 1967

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Ilse Koch (22 September 1906 – 1 September 1967) was married to Karl-Otto Koch, commandant of the Nazi concentration camps Buchenwald (1937–1941) and Majdanek (1941–1943). In 1947, she became one of the first prominent Nazis tried by the U.S. military. After the trial received worldwide media attention, survivors' accounts of her actions resulted in other authors describing her abuse of prisoners as sadistic, and the image of her as "the concentration camp murderess" was current in post-war German society.She was accused of taking souvenirs from the skin of murdered inmates with distinctive tattoos, although those claims were rejected at both of her trials. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ilse Koch has received more than 2,189,937 page views. Her biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Ilse Koch is the 697th most popular politician (up from 1,628th in 2019), the 197th most popular biography from Germany (up from 435th in 2019) and the 50th most popular German Politician.

Ilse Koch was a German woman who was the wife of Karl-Otto Koch, the Commandant of the Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald. She was known for her love of collecting the tattoos from prisoners.

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Among politicians, Ilse Koch ranks 697 out of 15,710Before her are Faisal of Saudi Arabia, Joan I of Navarre, Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour, Gratian, Hideki Tojo, and Herbert Hoover. After her are Paul of Greece, Gallienus, Saparmurat Niyazov, Robert II of France, Lucius Tarquinius Priscus, and Afonso I of Portugal.

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Among people born in 1906, Ilse Koch ranks 16Before her are Kurt Gödel, Henri Charrière, Victor Vasarely, Albert Hofmann, Billy Wilder, and Faisal of Saudi Arabia. After her are Roberto Rossellini, Sergei Korolev, Josephine Baker, Emmanuel Levinas, Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, and Maria Goeppert Mayer. Among people deceased in 1967, Ilse Koch ranks 7Before her are Che Guevara, René Magritte, Puyi, Konrad Adenauer, Vivien Leigh, and Edward Hopper. After her are J. Robert Oppenheimer, Spencer Tracy, Jack Ruby, Vladimir Komarov, Mohammad Mosaddegh, and Clement Attlee.

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Among people born in Germany, Ilse Koch ranks 197 out of 5,289Before her are Emil Fischer (1852), Frederick William II of Prussia (1744), Louis IV, Holy Roman Emperor (1282), Hans Memling (1435), Baron d'Holbach (1723), and Wilhelm Dilthey (1833). After her are Justus von Liebig (1803), Michel Ney (1769), Helmuth von Moltke the Elder (1800), Erich Hartmann (1922), Rudolf Christoph Eucken (1846), and Konstantin von Neurath (1873).

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