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-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 2,577,727 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Simon Wiesenthal is the 39th most popular social activist (down from 27th in 2019), the 41st most popular biography from Ukraine (down from 33rd 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 39 out of 544Before him are Jamāl al-Dīn al-Afghānī, Sadako Sasaki, Sophie Scholl, Jimmy Hoffa, Pheidippides, and Omar Mukhtar. After him are Alexey Stakhanov, Carl von Ossietzky, Stenka Razin, Élie Ducommun, Shirin Ebadi, and Babak Khorramdin.

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Among people born in 1908, Simon Wiesenthal ranks 19Before him are Henri Cartier-Bresson, Olivier Messiaen, Bette Davis, Lev Landau, Geli Raubal, and Edward Teller. After him are Mika Waltari, Anna Magnani, John Bardeen, Amon Göth, David Lean, and Nelson Rockefeller. Among people deceased in 2005, Simon Wiesenthal ranks 12Before him are Peter Drucker, Fahd of Saudi Arabia, Arthur Miller, Paul Ricœur, Claude Simon, and Rafic Hariri. After him are Saul Bellow, Zhao Ziyang, Jack Kilby, Sister Lúcia, Omar Sívori, and Kenzō Tange.

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Among people born in Ukraine, Simon Wiesenthal ranks 41 out of 913Before him are Sholem Aleichem (1859), George Gamow (1904), Grigory Zinoviev (1883), Joseph Roth (1894), Andrei Zhdanov (1896), and Viktor Yanukovych (1950). After him are Sviatoslav Richter (1915), Ilya Ehrenburg (1891), Ivan Mazepa (1639), Viktor Yushchenko (1954), Andrey Vyshinsky (1883), and Anne of Kiev (1025).


Among social activists born in Ukraine, Simon Wiesenthal ranks 1After him are Georgy Gapon (1870), David Riazanov (1870), Sergei Kovalev (1930), Olga Lepeshinskaya (1916), Ihor Kostenko (1991), and Anna Sharyhina (1978).