Karl-Otto Koch

1897 - 1945

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Karl-Otto Koch (German: [kɔx]; 2 August 1897 – 5 April 1945) was a mid-ranking commander in the Schutzstaffel (SS) of Nazi Germany who was the first commandant of the Nazi concentration camps at Buchenwald and Sachsenhausen. From September 1941 until August 1942, he served as the first commandant of the Majdanek concentration camp in occupied Poland, stealing vast amounts of valuables and money from murdered Jews. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Karl-Otto Koch has received more than 813,688 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Karl-Otto Koch is the 296th most popular military personnel (down from 225th in 2019), the 688th most popular biography from Germany (down from 523rd in 2019) and the 62nd most popular German Military Personnel.

Karl-Otto Koch was the commandant of the Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald. He was executed by the Allies in 1945 for crimes against humanity.

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Among military personnels, Karl-Otto Koch ranks 296 out of 2,058Before him are Wang Jian, Jiang Wei, Georges Picquart, Xiahou Dun, Uqba ibn Nafi, and Jonas Savimbi. After him are Charles François Dumouriez, Alois Brunner, Polyperchon, Maurice Benyovszky, Rochus Misch, and Meng Tian.

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Among people born in 1897, Karl-Otto Koch ranks 37Before him are Ivan Bagramyan, Otto Strasser, Cyril Norman Hinshelwood, Hasso von Manteuffel, Plaek Phibunsongkhram, and Georg Wittig. After him are Ronald George Wreyford Norrish, Patrick Blackett, Kirill Meretskov, Vlado Chernozemski, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and Joseph Berchtold. Among people deceased in 1945, Karl-Otto Koch ranks 59Before him are Tadamichi Kuribayashi, Robert H. Goddard, Ludwig Stumpfegger, Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy, Fumimaro Konoe, and Pavlo Skoropadskyi. After him are Georg Elser, Felix Salten, Boris Shaposhnikov, Kurt Knispel, Arthur Nebe, and Carl Friedrich Goerdeler.

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Among people born in Germany, Karl-Otto Koch ranks 688 out of 7,253Before him are Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria (1821), Hugo Ball (1886), Hans Morgenthau (1904), Rudolf Otto (1869), George V of Hanover (1819), and Catherine of Saxe-Lauenburg (1513). After him are Moritz Schlick (1882), Bernard Katz (1911), Helmut Rahn (1929), Moses Hess (1812), Albert Casimir, Duke of Teschen (1738), and Ingeborg of Denmark, Queen of France (1174).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Karl-Otto Koch ranks 62Before him are Otto Günsche (1917), Erich Hoepner (1886), Hasso von Manteuffel (1897), Hans-Joachim Marseille (1919), Werner Mölders (1913), and Maurice de Saxe (1696). After him are Kurt Meyer (1910), Walther Wenck (1900), Georg von Frundsberg (1473), Erich Priebke (1913), Arthur Nebe (1894), and Reinhard Gehlen (1902).