Josef Mengele

1911 - 1979

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Josef Rudolf Mengele ([ˈjoːzɛf ˈmɛŋələ] ; 16 March 1911 – 7 February 1979) was a German Schutzstaffel (SS) officer and physician during World War II. Nicknamed the "Angel of Death" (German: Todesengel), he performed deadly experiments on prisoners at the Auschwitz II (Birkenau) concentration camp, where he was a member of the team of doctors who selected victims to be murdered in the gas chambers, and was one of the doctors who administered the gas. Before the war, Mengele received doctorates in anthropology and medicine, and began a career as a researcher. He joined the Nazi Party in 1937 and the SS in 1938. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Josef Mengele has received more than 19,788,745 page views. His biography is available in 68 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). Josef Mengele is the 7th most popular physician (down from 6th in 2019), the 53rd most popular biography from Germany (down from 40th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular German Physician.

Josef Mengele was a German SS officer and physician in Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. He is most famous for performing human experiments on prisoners and for his role in the selection of prisoners to be sent to the gas chambers.

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    Languages Editions (L)

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Over the past year Josef Mengele has had the most page views in the with 2,102,314 views, followed by German (489,540), and Russian (407,062). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Waray (456.10%), Ido (247.39%), and West Frisian (88.61%)


Among physicians, Josef Mengele ranks 7 out of 726Before him are Hippocrates, Galen, Paracelsus, Florence Nightingale, Robert Koch, and Basil of Caesarea. After him are Edward Jenner, L. L. Zamenhof, Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi, Andreas Vesalius, Albert Schweitzer, and William Harvey.

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Among people born in 1911, Josef Mengele ranks 2Before him is Ronald Reagan. After him are Konstantin Chernenko, Georges Pompidou, Baba Vanga, Naguib Mahfouz, Władysław Szpilman, Emil Cioran, Juan Manuel Fangio, Võ Nguyên Giáp, Todor Zhivkov, and William Golding. Among people deceased in 1979, Josef Mengele ranks 1After him are Park Chung-hee, John Wayne, Giuseppe Meazza, Talcott Parsons, Herbert Marcuse, Nino Rota, Jean Renoir, Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, Jean Monnet, Sándor Kocsis, and Mika Waltari.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Josef Mengele ranks 53 out of 7,253Before him are Marlene Dietrich (1901), Adolf Eichmann (1906), Felix Mendelssohn (1809), Heinrich Heine (1797), Bertolt Brecht (1898), and Hannah Arendt (1906). After him are Hildegard of Bingen (1098), Georg Ohm (1789), William I, German Emperor (1797), Klemens von Metternich (1773), Joseph Goebbels (1897), and Erich Maria Remarque (1898).

Among PHYSICIANS In Germany

Among physicians born in Germany, Josef Mengele ranks 2Before him are Robert Koch (1843). After him are Alois Alzheimer (1864), Georgius Agricola (1494), Emil Kraepelin (1856), Samuel Hahnemann (1755), Otto Heinrich Warburg (1883), Otto Fritz Meyerhof (1884), Gerhard Domagk (1895), Otto Loewi (1873), Theodor Morell (1886), and Werner Forssmann (1904).