Kurt Meyer

1910 - 1961

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Kurt Meyer (23 December 1910 – 23 December 1961) was an SS commander and 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 695,812 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Kurt Meyer is the 197th most popular military personnel (up from 246th in 2019), the 465th most popular biography from Germany (up from 562nd in 2019) and the 44th 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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Among military personnels, Kurt Meyer ranks 197 out of 1,466Before him are Date Masamune, Oskar Dirlewanger, Jean-de-Dieu Soult, Gaius Claudius Glaber, Akechi Mitsuhide, and Wilhelm Burgdorf. After him are Pittacus of Mytilene, Syagrius, Helmuth von Moltke the Younger, Roman von Ungern-Sternberg, Dietrich von Choltitz, and Parmenion.

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Among people born in 1910, Kurt Meyer ranks 17Before him are Jean Genet, Paulette Goddard, Ronald Coase, Walter Schellenberg, Eric Berne, and David Niven. After him are Gerda Taro, William Hanna, Dorothy Hodgkin, Jacques Monod, Samuel Barber, and William Shockley. Among people deceased in 1961, Kurt Meyer ranks 13Before him are Gary Cooper, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Zog I of Albania, Jules Bordet, Rafael Trujillo, and Emily Greene Balch. After him are Frantz Fanon, Mohammed V of Morocco, Adnan Menderes, Percy Williams Bridgman, Dashiell Hammett, and Paul Landowski.

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Among people born in Germany, Kurt Meyer ranks 465 out of 5,289Before him are Hermann Staudinger (1881), Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774), Wilhelm Burgdorf (1895), Louise of Hesse-Kassel (1817), Otto of Bavaria (1848), and Kurt Weill (1900). After him are Harald zur Hausen (1936), Johann Ambrosius Bach (1645), Robert Ritter von Greim (1892), Helmuth von Moltke the Younger (1848), Gerda Taro (1910), and Adolf Butenandt (1903).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Kurt Meyer ranks 44Before him are Alfred von Schlieffen (1833), August von Mackensen (1849), Wilhelm List (1880), Joachim Peiper (1915), Oskar Dirlewanger (1895), and Wilhelm Burgdorf (1895). After him are Helmuth von Moltke the Younger (1848), Dietrich von Choltitz (1894), Hasso von Manteuffel (1897), Otto Carius (1922), Erhard Milch (1892), and Friedrich Olbricht (1888).