Paul Schäfer

1921 - 2010

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Paul Schäfer Schneider (4 December 1921 – 24 April 2010) was the founder and leader of a sect and agricultural commune of 300 German immigrants called Colonia Dignidad (Dignity Colony)—later renamed Villa Baviera—located in the south of Chile, about 340 km (210 miles) south of Santiago from 1961-2005. Aside from severe human right abuses of his followers, and sexual abuse of 200 boys, pedophile Schäfer colluded with the Pinochet regime with weapon smuggling, contract torture and dozens of executions. After 40 years of terror, a handful of Chilean boys brought the end to his reign of terror. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paul Schäfer has received more than 1,104,457 page views. His biography is available in 15 different languages on Wikipedia. Paul Schäfer is the 115th most popular social activist, the 982nd most popular biography from Germany and the 10th most popular German Social Activist.

Paul Schäfer is most famous for being the founder of Colonia Dignidad, a German commune in Chile.

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Among social activists, Paul Schäfer ranks 115 out of 544. Before him are Vasil Levski, Louise Michel, Hans Scholl, Abdul Basit 'Abd us-Samad, Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, and Yiannis Ritsos. After him are Léon Jouhaux, Emily Davison, Pier Gerlofs Donia, Georgy Gapon, Wat Tyler, and Alfred Naujocks.

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Among people born in 1921, Paul Schäfer ranks 59Before him are Paul Watzlawick, Zdeněk Miler, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Alexandra of Yugoslavia, Moacir Barbosa Nascimento, and Donna Reed. After him are György Cziffra, Mario Lanza, Zizinho, Herschel Grynszpan, Dobrica Ćosić, and Louis Jourdan. Among people deceased in 2010, Paul Schäfer ranks 36Before him are John Forsythe, Francesco Cossiga, Harry Mulisch, Blake Edwards, Viktor Chernomyrdin, and Algirdas Brazauskas. After him are Joan Sutherland, Enzo Bearzot, Alice Miller, Vladimir Arnold, John Fenn, and Arthur Penn.

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Among people born in Germany, Paul Schäfer ranks 982 out of 5,289. Before him are Horst Buchholz (1933), Hardy Krüger (1928), Albert III, Duke of Saxony (1443), Thietmar of Merseburg (975), Levin August von Bennigsen (1745), and Erich Heckel (1883). After him are Frederick I, Elector of Saxony (1370), Herbert Kroemer (1928), Philipp Bouhler (1899), Steffi Graf (1969), Otto I, Duke of Bavaria (1120), and Kurt Koffka (1886).


Among social activists born in Germany, Paul Schäfer ranks 10Before him are Sophie Scholl (1921), Carl von Ossietzky (1889), Horst Wessel (1907), Anneliese Michel (1952), Jenny von Westphalen (1814), and Hans Scholl (1918). After him are Alfred Naujocks (1911), Gerda Christian (1913), Klaus Störtebeker (1360), Rudi Dutschke (1940), Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen (1818), and Carl Oberg (1897).