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Magda Goebbels

1901 - 1945

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Johanna Maria Magdalena "Magda" Goebbels (née Ritschel; 11 November 1901 – 1 May 1945) was the wife of Nazi Germany's Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. A prominent member of the Nazi Party, she was a close ally, companion, and political supporter of Adolf Hitler. Some historians refer to her as the unofficial "first lady" of Nazi Germany, while others give that title to Emmy Göring.With defeat imminent during the Battle of Berlin at the end of World War II in Europe, she and her husband murdered their six children before committing suicide in the Reich Chancellery gardens. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Magda Goebbels has received more than 2,568,652 page views. Her biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Magda Goebbels is the 42nd most popular companion (up from 46th in 2019), the 175th most popular biography from Germany (up from 204th in 2019) and the 5th most popular German Companion.

Magda Goebbels was the wife of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. She and her husband committed suicide on May 1, 1945, after Adolf Hitler's death.

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Among companions, Magda Goebbels ranks 42 out of 673Before her are Eugénie de Montijo, Maria Theresa of Spain, Livia, Madame du Barry, Catherine Parr, and Zita of Bourbon-Parma. After her are Salman the Persian, Maria Carolina of Austria, Marie Leszczyńska, Désirée Clary, Caroline of Ansbach, and Elizabeth Woodville.

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Among people born in 1901, Magda Goebbels ranks 16Before her are Clark Gable, Rudolf Höss, Sukarno, Fulgencio Batista, Leopold III of Belgium, and Ngo Dinh Diem. After her are Gary Cooper, Alberto Giacometti, Paul of Greece, Vittorio De Sica, André Malraux, and Princess Märtha of Sweden. Among people deceased in 1945, Magda Goebbels ranks 13Before her are Joseph Goebbels, Martin Bormann, Béla Bartók, Thomas Hunt Morgan, Fedor von Bock, and Walter Model. After her are Anton Webern, Subhas Chandra Bose, Wilhelm Canaris, Paul Valéry, Heinrich Müller, and Ernst Cassirer.

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Among people born in Germany, Magda Goebbels ranks 175 out of 6,142Before her are Otto Hahn (1879), Princess Sophie of Bavaria (1805), Oswald Spengler (1880), Valéry Giscard d'Estaing (1926), Erich Hartmann (1922), and Max Ernst (1891). After her are Rudolf Christoph Eucken (1846), Johann Pachelbel (1653), Baron d'Holbach (1723), Wilhelm Dilthey (1833), Olaf Scholz (1958), and Arnulf of Carinthia (850).

Among COMPANIONS In Germany

Among companions born in Germany, Magda Goebbels ranks 5Before her are Empress Elisabeth of Austria (1837), Eva Braun (1912), Queen Silvia of Sweden (1943), and Anne of Cleves (1515). After her are Caroline of Ansbach (1683), Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg (1868), Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1691), Sepp Dietrich (1892), Alexandra Feodorovna (1798), Katharina von Bora (1498), and Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1776).