Simon Wiesenthal

1908 - 2005

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Simon Wiesenthal (31 December 1908 – 20 September 2005) was a Jewish Austrian Holocaust survivor, Nazi hunter, and writer. He studied architecture and was living in Lwów at the outbreak of World War II. He survived the Janowska concentration camp (late 1941 to September 1944), the Kraków-Płaszów concentration camp (September to October 1944), the Gross-Rosen concentration camp, a death march to Chemnitz, Buchenwald, and the Mauthausen concentration camp (February to May 1945). After the war, Wiesenthal dedicated his life to tracking down and gathering information on fugitive Nazi war criminals so that they could be brought to trial. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Simon Wiesenthal has received more than 3,613,495 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Simon Wiesenthal is the 40th most popular social activist (down from 33rd in 2019), the 46th most popular biography from Ukraine (down from 34th in 2019) and the most popular Ukrainian Social Activist.

Simon Wiesenthal was a Holocaust survivor who spent the rest of his life tracking down Nazi war criminals.

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Among social activists, Simon Wiesenthal ranks 40 out of 840Before him are Emiliano Zapata, Lady Godiva, Ferdinand Lassalle, Jan Palach, Sophie Scholl, and Shirin Ebadi. After him are Emmeline Pankhurst, Martin Niemöller, Angela Davis, Jamāl al-Dīn al-Afghānī, Ernesto Teodoro Moneta, and Pheidippides.

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Among people born in 1908, Simon Wiesenthal ranks 18Before him are Otto Skorzeny, Lev Landau, Olivier Messiaen, John Bardeen, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Geli Raubal. After him are Ian Fleming, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Mika Waltari, Anna Magnani, David Oistrakh, and Nelson Rockefeller. Among people deceased in 2005, Simon Wiesenthal ranks 13Before him are Fahd of Saudi Arabia, Claude Simon, Rinus Michels, Peter Drucker, Hans Bethe, and Paul Ricœur. After him are Rafic Hariri, Omar Sívori, Ezer Weizman, Kenzō Tange, Zhao Ziyang, and Zdzisław Beksiński.

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Among people born in Ukraine, Simon Wiesenthal ranks 46 out of 1,365Before him are Andrei Chikatilo (1936), Igor Sikorsky (1889), Levi Eshkol (1895), Yulia Tymoshenko (1960), Nestor Makhno (1888), and Vladimir Horowitz (1903). After him are George Gamow (1904), Anne of Kiev (1025), Symon Petliura (1879), Joseph Roth (1894), Sholem Aleichem (1859), and Andrei Zhdanov (1896).


Among social activists born in Ukraine, Simon Wiesenthal ranks 1After him are Fanny Kaplan (1890), Georgy Gapon (1870), Alexander Pechersky (1909), Haim Arlosoroff (1899), David Riazanov (1870), Sergei Kovalev (1930), Petro Grigorenko (1907), Maria Nikiforova (1885), Borys Romanchenko (1926), Olga Lepeshinskaya (1916), and Leo Deutsch (1855).