Joachim Peiper

1915 - 1976

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Joachim Peiper (30 January 1915 – 14 July 1976), also known as Jochen Peiper, was a German SS-Obersturmbannführer and convicted war criminal who was responsible for the 1944 Malmedy massacre of American prisoners of war. During World War II in Europe he served as personal adjutant to Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS, between September 1939 and September/October 1941, and thereafter as a Waffen-SS commander. During his career with Himmler, Peiper witnessed implementation of SS policies of ethnic cleansing and genocide in Eastern Europe; he persistently denied or obfuscated this fact following the war. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joachim Peiper has received more than 1,466,769 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Joachim Peiper is the 177th most popular military personnel (down from 147th in 2019), the 414th most popular biography from Germany (down from 351st in 2019) and the 41st most popular German Military Personnel.

Joachim Peiper was a German SS officer during World War II. He is most famous for being the commander of the Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler, a Waffen-SS Panzer division, and for his involvement in the Malmedy massacre.

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Among military personnels, Joachim Peiper ranks 177 out of 1,466Before him are Mikhail Frunze, Paul Tibbets, Felix Steiner, Dragut, Anton Denikin, and Wilhelm List. After him are Charles V, Duke of Lorraine, Lucius Aemilius Paullus Macedonicus, Pyotr Bagration, Joseph Joffre, Qasem Soleimani, and Gotthard Heinrici.

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Among people born in 1915, Joachim Peiper ranks 18Before him are Eli Wallach, Paul Samuelson, Yitzhak Shamir, Jerome Bruner, Sviatoslav Richter, and Paul Tibbets. After him are Saul Bellow, Billie Holiday, Hu Yaobang, Fred Hoyle, Les Paul, and Stanley Matthews. Among people deceased in 1976, Joachim Peiper ranks 21Before him are André Malraux, J. Paul Getty, Benjamin Britten, Ulrike Meinhof, Alexander Calder, and Henrik Dam. After him are Eyvind Johnson, Jacques Monod, Raymond Queneau, Rudolf Bultmann, Benjamin Graham, and Zhu De.

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Among people born in Germany, Joachim Peiper ranks 414 out of 5,289Before him are Franz Bopp (1791), Felix Klein (1849), Friedrich List (1789), Maria Anna of Neuburg (1667), Emile Berliner (1851), and Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (1786). After him are Bruno of Cologne (1030), Ananda Mahidol (1925), Wassily Leontief (1906), Erich Kästner (1899), Jean Paul (1763), and Georgy Lvov (1861).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Joachim Peiper ranks 41Before him are Walther von Reichenau (1884), Paul Hausser (1880), Hans Krebs (1898), Alfred von Schlieffen (1833), August von Mackensen (1849), and Wilhelm List (1880). After him are Oskar Dirlewanger (1895), Wilhelm Burgdorf (1895), Kurt Meyer (1910), Helmuth von Moltke the Younger (1848), Dietrich von Choltitz (1894), and Hasso von Manteuffel (1897).