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 595,875 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Karl-Otto Koch is the 219th most popular military personnel (up from 232nd in 2019), the 523rd most popular biography from Germany (up from 544th in 2019) and the 53rd most popular 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 219 out of 1,468Before him are Nikolai Vatutin, Kurt Student, Han Xin, Otto Carius, Bai Qi, and Kim Philby. After him are Pausanias, Emmanuel de Grouchy, marquis de Grouchy, Craterus, Henri de La Tour d'Auvergne, Viscount of Turenne, Otto Günsche, and Lysander.

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Among people born in 1897, Karl-Otto Koch ranks 29Before him are Frank Capra, Soong Mei-ling, Yun Posun, Tadeusz Reichstein, Otto Strasser, and Kurt Daluege. After him are Hasso von Manteuffel, Karl Gebhardt, Odd Hassel, Ivan Bagramyan, Cyril Norman Hinshelwood, and John Franklin Enders. Among people deceased in 1945, Karl-Otto Koch ranks 49Before him are Wilhelm Burgdorf, Käthe Kollwitz, Tadamichi Kuribayashi, Stefan Banach, Giovanni Agnelli, and Robert Ritter von Greim. After him are Karl Hanke, Theodore Dreiser, Franz Werfel, Vladimir Vernadsky, Edgar Cayce, and Hans Geiger.

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Among people born in Germany, Karl-Otto Koch ranks 523 out of 6,142Before him are Heinrich Mann (1871), Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774), Rabanus Maurus (780), Richard Willstätter (1872), Robert Ritter von Greim (1892), and Anneliese Michel (1952). After him are Thomas Bach (1953), Pope Victor II (1018), Maria Sophie of Bavaria (1841), Kurt Weill (1900), Otto Günsche (1917), and Theodor Morell (1886).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Karl-Otto Koch ranks 53Before him are Wilhelm Burgdorf (1895), Erhard Milch (1892), Maximilian von Weichs (1881), Wilhelm Mohnke (1911), Kurt Student (1890), and Otto Carius (1922). After him are Otto Günsche (1917), Henning von Tresckow (1901), Hasso von Manteuffel (1897), Kurt Meyer (1910), Erich Hoepner (1886), and Hans von Seeckt (1866).