Karl Wolff

1900 - 1984

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Karl Friedrich Otto Wolff (13 May 1900 – 17 July 1984) was a German SS functionary who served as Chief of Personal Staff Reichsführer-SS (Heinrich Himmler) and an SS liaison to Adolf Hitler during World War II. He ended the war as the Supreme SS and Police Leader in occupied Italy and helped arrange for the early surrender of Axis forces in that theatre, effectively ending the war there several days sooner than in the rest of Europe. He escaped prosecution at the Nuremberg Trials, apparently as a result of his participation in Operation Sunrise. In 1962, Wolff was prosecuted in West Germany for the deportation of Italian Jews, and he was convicted to 15 years in prison for accessory to murder in 1964. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Karl Wolff has received more than 752,751 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia. Karl Wolff is the 273rd most popular military personnel (down from 250th in 2019), the 641st most popular biography from Germany (down from 584th in 2019) and the 64th most popular Military Personnel.

Karl Wolff was a high-ranking Nazi SS officer who served as a personal adjutant to Adolf Hitler. He was the Commandant of the Nazi concentration camps of Dachau and Sachsenhausen. He was also the chief of the Gestapo in Lyon, France.

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Among military personnels, Karl Wolff ranks 273 out of 1,468Before him are Erich Priebke, Oenomaus, Wang Jian, Reinhard Gehlen, Gerhard Barkhorn, and Alexandre de Beauharnais. After him are Boris Shaposhnikov, Vasily Blyukher, Orda Khan, Kurt Knispel, Slobodan Praljak, and Ishida Mitsunari.

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Among people born in 1900, Karl Wolff ranks 34Before him are Thomas Wolfe, Richard Kuhn, Edith Frank, Mahavatar Babaji, Chiune Sugihara, and W. Edwards Deming. After him are Prince Aimone, Duke of Aosta, Ragnar Granit, Choe Yong-gon, Pak Hon-yong, Walther Wenck, and Maria of Yugoslavia. Among people deceased in 1984, Karl Wolff ranks 20Before him are Julio Cortázar, Tigran Petrosian, Mohamed Naguib, Stanley Milgram, Dmitry Ustinov, and Anna Anderson. After him are Marvin Gaye, Oleg Antonov, Pyotr Kapitsa, Carl Ferdinand Cori, Sam Peckinpah, and Philippe Ariès.

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Among people born in Germany, Karl Wolff ranks 641 out of 6,142Before him are Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse (1837), Jakob Fugger (1459), Rudolf Otto (1869), Frederick Trump (1869), Otto Rehhagel (1938), and Ernest Augustus, Elector of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1629). After him are Jürgen Klopp (1967), Hans von Aachen (1552), Wilhelmine Amalia of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1673), Till Lindemann (1963), Ernst Mayr (1904), and Elsa Einstein (1876).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Karl Wolff ranks 64Before him are Erich Hoepner (1886), Hans von Seeckt (1866), Werner Mölders (1913), Maurice de Saxe (1696), Erich Priebke (1913), and Reinhard Gehlen (1902). After him are Wilhelm Bittrich (1894), Hans-Joachim Marseille (1919), Götz von Berlichingen (1480), Arthur Nebe (1894), Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck (1870), and Walther Wenck (1900).