Kurt Meyer

1910 - 1961

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Kurt Meyer (23 December 1910 – 23 December 1961) was an SS commander and convicted war criminal of Nazi Germany. He served in the Waffen-SS (the combat branch of the SS) and participated in the Battle of France, Operation Barbarossa, and other engagements during World War II. Meyer commanded the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend during the Allied invasion of Normandy, and was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. After ordering the mass murder of civilians and prisoners of war (POWs) several times during the conflict, Meyer was convicted of war crimes for his role in the Ardenne Abbey massacre (the murder of Canadian POWs in Normandy). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Kurt Meyer has received more than 958,580 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Kurt Meyer is the 307th most popular military personnel (down from 240th in 2019), the 707th most popular biography from Germany (down from 554th in 2019) and the 63rd most popular German Military Personnel.

Kurt Meyer is most famous for his role in the Malmedy Massacre during World War II.

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Over the past year Kurt Meyer has had the most page views in the with 111,147 views, followed by German (55,941), and French (20,074). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Latvian (39.38%), Portuguese (29.47%), and Egyptian Arabic (26.09%)


Among military personnels, Kurt Meyer ranks 307 out of 2,058Before him are Rochus Misch, Meng Tian, Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy, Alexander Löhr, Vasily Blyukher, and Dmitry Yazov. After him are Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf, Sejanus, John J. Pershing, John Demjanjuk, Boris Shaposhnikov, and Fyodor Tolbukhin.

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Among people born in 1910, Kurt Meyer ranks 31Before him are Helenio Herrera, Archer Martin, Nathuram Godse, Ludwig Stumpfegger, Michel Aflaq, and Samuel Barber. After him are Jean Anouilh, Princess María de las Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, William Hanna, Joseph Kasa-Vubu, William Shockley, and Robert van Gulik. Among people deceased in 1961, Kurt Meyer ranks 19Before him are Rafael Trujillo, Otto Loewi, Adnan Menderes, Frantz Fanon, Zog I of Albania, and Paul Landowski. After him are Luigi Einaudi, Dashiell Hammett, Maria of Yugoslavia, Lee de Forest, Akiba Rubinstein, and Blaise Cendrars.

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Among people born in Germany, Kurt Meyer ranks 707 out of 7,253Before him are Kurt Koffka (1886), Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1784), Maximilian III Joseph, Elector of Bavaria (1727), Georg Büchner (1813), Louis Spohr (1784), and Max Wolf (1863). After him are Guillaume Henri Dufour (1787), Artur Axmann (1913), Carlos Kleiber (1930), Hermann Cohen (1842), Thomas Anders (1963), and Frederick Christian, Elector of Saxony (1722).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Kurt Meyer ranks 63Before him are Erich Hoepner (1886), Hasso von Manteuffel (1897), Hans-Joachim Marseille (1919), Werner Mölders (1913), Maurice de Saxe (1696), and Karl-Otto Koch (1897). After him are Walther Wenck (1900), Georg von Frundsberg (1473), Erich Priebke (1913), Arthur Nebe (1894), Reinhard Gehlen (1902), and Wilhelm Bittrich (1894).