Walter Schellenberg

1910 - 1952

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Walter Friedrich Schellenberg (16 January 1910 – 31 March 1952) was a German SS functionary during the Nazi era. He rose through the ranks of the SS, becoming one of the highest ranking men in the Sicherheitsdienst (SD) and eventually assumed the position as head of foreign intelligence for Nazi Germany following the abolition of the Abwehr in 1944. Schellenberg, born in Saarbrücken, Germany, was his parents' seventh child; his father was a piano manufacturer. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Walter Schellenberg has received more than 990,471 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Walter Schellenberg is the 1,849th most popular politician (down from 1,435th in 2019), the 511th most popular biography from Germany (down from 399th in 2019) and the 143rd most popular German Politician.

Walter Schellenberg was a German intelligence officer and Nazi during World War II. He was the head of the foreign intelligence service of the SS, and he was most famous for his role in Operation Bernhard, which was a plan to destabilize the British economy by flooding the country with forged banknotes.

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Among politicians, Walter Schellenberg ranks 1,849 out of 19,576Before him are Svatopluk I of Moravia, Isetnofret, Felix Yusupov, Yun Posun, Palmiro Togliatti, and Alessandro de' Medici, Duke of Florence. After him are Paul Doumer, Canute IV of Denmark, Wang Jingwei, Olof Skötkonung, Pausanias of Orestis, and Abd al-Karim Qasim.

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Among people born in 1910, Walter Schellenberg ranks 19Before him are Konrad Zuse, Jacques Monod, Eric Berne, Chiang Ching-kuo, Gerda Taro, and Dorothy Hodgkin. After him are Ronald Coase, Dominique Pire, David Niven, Lee Byung-chul, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, and Helenio Herrera. Among people deceased in 1952, Walter Schellenberg ranks 17Before him are Sveinn Björnsson, Benedetto Croce, Elena of Montenegro, Vittorio Emanuele Orlando, Sven Hedin, and Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. After him are Khorloogiin Choibalsan, Kiichiro Toyoda, Ferenc Molnár, Paramahansa Yogananda, Hattie McDaniel, and Robert Guérin.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Walter Schellenberg ranks 511 out of 7,253Before him are Hans Adolf Krebs (1900), Erwin Panofsky (1892), Frank Farian (1941), Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg (1856), Henning von Tresckow (1901), and Rabanus Maurus (780). After him are Helmut Newton (1920), Josef Kramer (1906), Patrick Süskind (1949), Niklas Luhmann (1927), Hans Geiger (1882), and Klaus Mann (1906).

Among POLITICIANS In Germany

Among politicians born in Germany, Walter Schellenberg ranks 143Before him are John Sigismund, Elector of Brandenburg (1572), Rupert, King of Germany (1352), Lothair II, Holy Roman Emperor (1075), Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1908), Duchess Sophie Charlotte in Bavaria (1847), and Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg (1856). After him are Josef Kramer (1906), Maria Sophie of Bavaria (1841), Philipp Scheidemann (1865), Wilhelm Marx (1863), Louis II, Prince of Monaco (1870), and Willi Stoph (1914).