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Oskar Dirlewanger

1895 - 1945

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Oskar Paul Dirlewanger (26 September 1895 – c. 7 June 1945) was a German military officer (SS-Oberführer) and war criminal who served as the founder and commander of the Nazi SS penal unit "Dirlewanger" during World War II. Serving in Poland and in Belarus, his name is closely linked to some of the most notorious crimes of the war. He also fought in World War I, the post-World War I conflicts, and the Spanish Civil War. He reportedly died after World War II while in Allied custody. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Oskar Dirlewanger has received more than 2,307,102 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Oskar Dirlewanger is the 172nd most popular military personnel (up from 192nd in 2019), the 427th most popular biography from Germany (up from 449th in 2019) and the 43rd most popular German Military Personnel.

Oskar Dirlewanger was a Nazi officer in the SS who is most famous for his command of the SS-Sonderkommando Dirlewanger, a unit of the Waffen-SS that was responsible for mass killings, punitive expeditions, and the destruction of Warsaw.

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Among military personnels, Oskar Dirlewanger ranks 172 out of 1,468Before him are Auguste de Marmont, Dietrich von Choltitz, George Armstrong Custer, Paul Tibbets, Józef Poniatowski, and Hans Krebs. After him are Akechi Mitsuhide, Johannes Blaskowitz, Djemal Pasha, Matilda of Tuscany, Helmuth von Moltke the Younger, and Aleksei Brusilov.

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Among people born in 1895, Oskar Dirlewanger ranks 31Before him are Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen, Babe Ruth, Gerhard Domagk, Anastas Mikoyan, Rudolph Valentino, and Folke Bernadotte. After him are Wilhelm Burgdorf, Cemal Gürsel, Levi Eshkol, Vladimir Propp, Ragnar Frisch, and Igor Tamm. Among people deceased in 1945, Oskar Dirlewanger ranks 39Before him are Pierre Laval, Emil Hácha, Ernst Busch, Robert Ley, Francis William Aston, and Hans Krebs. After him are Roland Freisler, Hans Fischer, Josef Kramer, Wilhelm Burgdorf, Käthe Kollwitz, and Tadamichi Kuribayashi.

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Among people born in Germany, Oskar Dirlewanger ranks 427 out of 6,142Before him are Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine (1864), Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928), Wolfram von Eschenbach (1170), Hans Fritzsche (1900), Ernst Abbe (1840), and Gerhard Richter (1932). After him are Julius Lothar Meyer (1830), Wilhelm Furtwängler (1886), Johann Georg Faust (1480), Æthelwulf, King of Wessex (795), Roland Freisler (1893), and Victoria of Baden (1862).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Oskar Dirlewanger ranks 43Before him are Helmuth Weidling (1891), Alfred von Schlieffen (1833), Ernst Busch (1885), Joachim Peiper (1915), Dietrich von Choltitz (1894), and Hans Krebs (1898). After him are Helmuth von Moltke the Younger (1848), Walther von Reichenau (1884), Wilhelm List (1880), Wilhelm Burgdorf (1895), Erhard Milch (1892), and Maximilian von Weichs (1881).