New games! PlayTrivia andBirthle.


Ilse Koch

1906 - 1967

Photo of Ilse Koch

Icon of person Ilse Koch

Ilse Koch (22 September 1906 – 1 September 1967) was a German war criminal who was an overseer at Nazi concentration camps run by her husband, commandant Karl-Otto Koch. Working at Buchenwald (1937–1941) and Majdanek (1941–1943), Koch became infamous for her sadistic, brutal treatment of prisoners. In 1947, she became one of the first prominent Nazis tried by the U.S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ilse Koch has received more than 2,661,285 page views. Her biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Ilse Koch is the 702nd most popular politician (down from 696th in 2019), the 188th most popular biography from Germany (up from 197th 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.

Memorability Metrics

  • 2.7M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 71.36

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 38

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 9.58

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.26

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Ilse Koches by language


Among politicians, Ilse Koch ranks 702 out of 15,577Before her are Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, Enrico Dandolo, Childeric III, Henry I of England, Henry VI, Holy Roman Emperor, and Maximinus Thrax. After her are Smenkhkare, John the Fearless, Leonid Kravchuk, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Françoise-Athénaïs de Rochechouart, Marquise de Montespan, and John of Bohemia.

Most Popular Politicians in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1906, Ilse Koch ranks 12Before her are Samuel Beckett, Luchino Visconti, Grace Hopper, Josephine Baker, Aristotle Onassis, and Kurt Gödel. After her are Billy Wilder, Roberto Rossellini, Albert Hofmann, Victor Vasarely, Sergei Korolev, and Maria Goeppert Mayer. Among people deceased in 1967, Ilse Koch ranks 6Before her are Che Guevara, René Magritte, Konrad Adenauer, Puyi, and Vivien Leigh. After her are J. Robert Oppenheimer, Spencer Tracy, Vladimir Komarov, Clement Attlee, Edward Hopper, and Mohammad Mosaddegh.

Others Born in 1906

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 1967

Go to all Rankings

In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Ilse Koch ranks 188 out of 6,142Before her are Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886), Max Born (1882), Augustus III of Poland (1696), Caroline of Ansbach (1683), Emmy Noether (1882), and Matthias Grünewald (1480). After her are Helmuth von Moltke the Elder (1800), Hans Holbein the Younger (1497), Edith Stein (1891), Philip Melanchthon (1497), Rudolf I of Germany (1218), and Emil Fischer (1852).

Among POLITICIANS In Germany

Among politicians born in Germany, Ilse Koch ranks 50Before her are Christian IX of Denmark (1818), Wilhelm, German Crown Prince (1882), Valéry Giscard d'Estaing (1926), Olaf Scholz (1958), Arnulf of Carinthia (850), and Augustus III of Poland (1696). After her are Rudolf I of Germany (1218), Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria (1756), Frederick William II of Prussia (1744), Alexander Van der Bellen (1944), Konstantin von Neurath (1873), and Karl Liebknecht (1871).