Simon Wiesenthal

1908 - 2005

Simon Wiesenthal

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-Gusen concentration camp (February to 5 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 2,158,350 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 27th most popular social activist.

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Among social activists, Simon Wiesenthal ranks 27 out of 426Before him are Thomas Müntzer, Irena Sendler, Olympe de Gouges, Emiliano Zapata, Bertha von Suttner, and Ferdinand Lassalle. After him are Eleanor Roosevelt, Simon bar Kokhba, Martin Niemöller, Emmeline Pankhurst, Sophie Scholl, and Thích Quảng Đức.

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Among people born in 1908, Simon Wiesenthal ranks 16Before him are Otto Skorzeny, Ian Fleming, Lev Landau, Bette Davis, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. After him are Edward Teller, Olivier Messiaen, John Bardeen, Anna Magnani, Geli Raubal, and Mika Waltari. Among people deceased in 2005, Simon Wiesenthal ranks 9Before him are Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, George Best, Rinus Michels, Peter Drucker, Arthur Miller, and Paul Ricœur. After him are Fahd of Saudi Arabia, Claude Simon, Zhao Ziyang, Saul Bellow, Princess Joséphine Charlotte of Belgium, and Hans Bethe.

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Among people born in Ukraine, Simon Wiesenthal ranks 33 out of 764Before him are Ludwig von Mises (1881), Wilhelm Reich (1897), Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (1836), Kliment Voroshilov (1881), Shmuel Yosef Agnon (1888), and Sviatoslav I of Kiev (942). After him are Ivan Aivazovsky (1817), Paul Celan (1920), Lyudmila Pavlichenko (1916), Igor Sikorsky (1889), Sholem Aleichem (1859), and George Gamow (1904).


Among social activists born in Ukraine, Simon Wiesenthal ranks 1After him are Georgy Gapon (1870), Sergei Kovalev (1930), Olga Lepeshinskaya (1916), and Ihor Kostenko (1991).

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