Karl Silberbauer

1911 - 1972

Photo of Karl Silberbauer

Icon of person Karl Silberbauer

Karl Josef Silberbauer (21 June 1911 – 2 September 1972) was an Austrian police officer, Schutzstaffel (SS) member, and undercover investigator for the West German Bundesnachrichtendienst (federal intelligence service). He was stationed in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam during World War II, where he was promoted to the rank of Hauptscharführer (master sergeant). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Karl Silberbauer has received more than 633,903 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Karl Silberbauer is the 551st most popular military personnel (down from 427th in 2019), the 311th most popular biography from Austria (down from 257th in 2019) and the 17th most popular Austrian Military Personnel.

Karl Silberbauer is most famous for being the detective who arrested O.J. Simpson for the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

Memorability Metrics

  • 630k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 59.62

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 23

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 5.99

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.16

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among military personnels, Karl Silberbauer ranks 551 out of 2,058Before him are Mitsuo Fuchida, Paul Revere, Alexander von Kluck, Vladimir Gelfand, Fritz Bayerlein, and Peroz III. After him are Harpagus, Franz von Hipper, Kawakami Gensai, Valerii Zaluzhnyi, Seishirō Itagaki, and Bob Denard.

Most Popular Military Personnels in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1911, Karl Silberbauer ranks 67Before him are Lee Yoo-hyung, Akira Yoshizawa, Nicholas Ray, Dieter Wisliceny, Stanisława Walasiewicz, and Lina Heydrich. After him are Alfonso García Robles, Feodor Lynen, Lee J. Cobb, Princess Isabelle of Orléans-Braganza, Luis Walter Alvarez, and Jussi Björling. Among people deceased in 1972, Karl Silberbauer ranks 46Before him are Mahalia Jackson, Fredric Brown, Louis Leakey, Lester B. Pearson, Ásgeir Ásgeirsson, and Josep Samitier. After him are S. R. Ranganathan, Hans Scharoun, Bronislava Nijinska, Henry de Montherlant, Erwin Bowien, and Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.

Others Born in 1911

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 1972

Go to all Rankings

In Austria

Among people born in Austria, Karl Silberbauer ranks 311 out of 1,424Before him are Senta Berger (1941), Archduchess Marie Caroline of Austria (1801), Hermine Braunsteiner (1919), Ludwig Ritter von Köchel (1800), Erik Jan Hanussen (1889), and Giovanni Battista Caproni (1886). After him are Maria Theresa of Austria (1801), Fritjof Capra (1939), Archduchess Margarete Sophie of Austria (1870), Otto Hofmann (1896), Countess Georgina von Wilczek (1921), and Gerhard Berger (1959).


Among military personnels born in Austria, Karl Silberbauer ranks 17Before him are Gustav Wagner (1911), Walter Nowotny (1920), Archduke Karl Ferdinand of Austria (1818), Archduke Leopold Wilhelm of Austria (1614), Leopold Joseph von Daun (1705), and Franz Böhme (1885). After him are Archduke Joseph Ferdinand of Austria (1872), Matthäus Hetzenauer (1924), Gordon Gollob (1912), Ernst Rüdiger von Starhemberg (1638), Eduard Roschmann (1908), and Sylvester Stadler (1910).