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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 828,324 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia. Kurt Meyer is the 234th most popular military personnel (down from 197th in 2019), the 554th most popular biography from Germany (down from 465th in 2019) and the 57th 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 234 out of 1,468Before him are Hasso von Manteuffel, Erwin von Witzleben, Gaius Claudius Glaber, Vasily Stalin, Sejanus, and Tōgō Heihachirō. After him are Jean-Baptiste Kléber, Erich Hoepner, Hans von Seeckt, Muhammad bin Qasim, Tokugawa Yoshinobu, and Maurice Gamelin.

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Among people born in 1910, Kurt Meyer ranks 22Before him are David Niven, Jacques Monod, Eric Berne, Dorothy Hodgkin, Dominique Pire, and Chiang Ching-kuo. After him are William Shockley, Lee Byung-chul, William Hanna, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Ludwig Stumpfegger, and Nathuram Godse. Among people deceased in 1961, Kurt Meyer ranks 17Before him are Zog I of Albania, Rafael Trujillo, Adnan Menderes, Frantz Fanon, Mohammed V of Morocco, and Percy Williams Bridgman. After him are Otto Loewi, Paul Landowski, Dashiell Hammett, Maria of Yugoslavia, Grandma Moses, and Eero Saarinen.

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Among people born in Germany, Kurt Meyer ranks 554 out of 6,142Before him are Ernst Udet (1896), Hugh of Saint Victor (1096), Hermann Staudinger (1881), Ernst Bloch (1885), Duchess Sophie Charlotte in Bavaria (1847), and Karl Ziegler (1898). After him are Heinrich Brüning (1885), Erich Hoepner (1886), Johann Rudolf Glauber (1604), Wolfgang Petersen (1941), Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (1750), and Hans von Seeckt (1866).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Kurt Meyer ranks 57Before him are Kurt Student (1890), Otto Carius (1922), Karl-Otto Koch (1897), Otto Günsche (1917), Henning von Tresckow (1901), and Hasso von Manteuffel (1897). After him are Erich Hoepner (1886), Hans von Seeckt (1866), Werner Mölders (1913), Maurice de Saxe (1696), Erich Priebke (1913), and Reinhard Gehlen (1902).