Markus Wolf

1923 - 2006

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Markus Johannes Wolf (19 January 1923 – 9 November 2006), also known as Mischa, was head of the Main Directorate for Reconnaissance (Hauptverwaltung Aufklärung), the foreign intelligence division of East Germany's Ministry for State Security (Ministerium für Staatssicherheit, abbreviated MfS, commonly known as the Stasi). He was the Stasi's number two for 34 years, which spanned most of the Cold War. He is often regarded as one of the most well-known spymasters during the Cold War. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Markus Wolf has received more than 484,751 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Markus Wolf is the 12th most popular public worker, the 679th most popular biography from Germany (up from 746th in 2019) and the most popular Public Worker.

Markus Wolf was a high-ranking East German spy who became head of the Hauptverwaltung Aufklärung (HVA) and was responsible for the surveillance of NATO and West German intelligence operations. He was also in charge of the Stasi's foreign espionage operations.

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Among public workers, Markus Wolf ranks 12 out of 15Before him are Gaius Maecenas, Thomas Cromwell, Robert Walpole, Demetrius of Phalerum, François Guizot, and Ali Hassan al-Majid. After him are John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, Pascal Lamy, and Chelsea Clinton.

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Among people born in 1923, Markus Wolf ranks 30Before him are Yma Sumac, Jack Kilby, Val Logsdon Fitch, Anne Baxter, Arvid Carlsson, and Lee Teng-hui. After him are Nguyễn Văn Thiệu, Antoni Tàpies, Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria, Frederick Herzberg, René Girard, and Mauno Koivisto. Among people deceased in 2006, Markus Wolf ranks 31Before him are Giacinto Facchetti, Choi Kyu-hah, Robert Altman, Johannes Rau, Steve Irwin, and John Kenneth Galbraith. After him are Lennart Meri, Alexander Litvinenko, Jack Palance, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Muriel Spark, and Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV.

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Among people born in Germany, Markus Wolf ranks 679 out of 6,142Before him are Nikolaus Harnoncourt (1929), Otto Ernst Remer (1912), Christopher Clavius (1538), Gertrude the Great (1256), Frederick Augustus II of Saxony (1797), and Georg Elser (1903). After him are Wilhelm Bittrich (1894), Hermann Müller (1876), Ferdinand Maria, Elector of Bavaria (1636), Andreas Baader (1943), Julius Schreck (1898), and Josef Albers (1888).


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