Josef Kramer

1906 - 1945

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Josef Kramer (10 November 1906 – 13 December 1945) was a Hauptsturmführer and the Commandant of Auschwitz-Birkenau (from 8 May 1944 to 25 November 1944) and of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp (from December 1944 to its liberation on 15 April 1945). Dubbed The Beast of Belsen by camp inmates, he was a German Nazi war criminal, directly responsible for the deaths of thousands of people. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Josef Kramer has received more than 1,196,623 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Josef Kramer is the 1,860th most popular politician (down from 1,624th in 2019), the 513th most popular biography from Germany (down from 449th in 2019) and the 144th most popular German Politician.

Josef Kramer was a Nazi SS officer who was in charge of the Auschwitz concentration camp. He is most famous for his role in the Holocaust.

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Among politicians, Josef Kramer ranks 1,860 out of 19,576Before him are Pausanias of Orestis, Abd al-Karim Qasim, Ernest, Duke of Austria, Theuderic IV, Jeroboam II, and Seqenenre Tao. After him are Nadezhda Alliluyeva, Benito Juárez, Carloman of Bavaria, Ibrahim Rugova, Dangun, and Sweyn II of Denmark.

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Among people born in 1906, Josef Kramer ranks 36Before him are Hermann Fegelein, Alexey Stakhanov, Giuseppe Farina, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Léon Degrelle, and Hans Asperger. After him are Klaus Mann, Wassily Leontief, Dino Buzzati, Shin'ichirō Tomonaga, Albert Sabin, and Vladimir Prelog. Among people deceased in 1945, Josef Kramer ranks 46Before him are Friedrich Fromm, Francis William Aston, Ernst Busch, Vladimir Vernadsky, Franz Werfel, and Oskar Dirlewanger. After him are Hans Geiger, Wilhelm Burgdorf, Robert Ritter von Greim, Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen, Theodore Dreiser, and Karl Hanke.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Josef Kramer ranks 513 out of 7,253Before him are Frank Farian (1941), Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg (1856), Henning von Tresckow (1901), Rabanus Maurus (780), Walter Schellenberg (1910), and Helmut Newton (1920). After him are Patrick Süskind (1949), Niklas Luhmann (1927), Hans Geiger (1882), Klaus Mann (1906), Erhard Milch (1892), and Wassily Leontief (1906).

Among POLITICIANS In Germany

Among politicians born in Germany, Josef Kramer ranks 144Before him are Rupert, King of Germany (1352), Lothair II, Holy Roman Emperor (1075), Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1908), Duchess Sophie Charlotte in Bavaria (1847), Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg (1856), and Walter Schellenberg (1910). After him are Maria Sophie of Bavaria (1841), Philipp Scheidemann (1865), Wilhelm Marx (1863), Louis II, Prince of Monaco (1870), Willi Stoph (1914), and Robert Ritter von Greim (1892).