Werner Best

1903 - 1989

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Karl Rudolf Werner Best (10 July 1903 – 23 June 1989) was a German jurist, police chief, SS-Obergruppenführer, Nazi Party leader, and theoretician from Darmstadt. He was the first chief of Department 1 of the Gestapo, Nazi Germany's secret police, and initiated a registry of all Jews in Germany. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Werner Best has received more than 451,438 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia. Werner Best is the 5,332nd most popular politician (up from 5,392nd in 2019), the 1,467th most popular biography from Germany (up from 1,515th in 2019) and the 422nd most popular German Politician.

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Among politicians, Werner Best ranks 5,332 out of 19,576Before him are Frederick II, Grand Duke of Baden, Emperor Kōbun, Louis Henri, Prince of Condé, Licio Gelli, Anytus, and Slavko Kvaternik. After him are Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, Haim Bar-Lev, Andrés Nin Pérez, Emperor Shang of Han, Emine Erdoğan, and Prince Alfonso, Count of Caserta.

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Among people born in 1903, Werner Best ranks 77Before him are Fritz Bauer, Waldemar Hoven, Kim Chaek, Maria Reiche, Johannes Heesters, and Henry Corbin. After him are Bob Hope, Karl Eberhard Schöngarth, Charlotte Perriand, Yevgeny Mravinsky, Heinz Reinefarth, and Werner Ostendorff. Among people deceased in 1989, Werner Best ranks 65Before him are Hamani Diori, Countess Georgina von Wilczek, Kaoru Ishikawa, Karel Zeman, A. J. Ayer, and Leonardo Sciascia. After him are Franklin J. Schaffner, Bernard Blier, Alexander Sergeyevich Yakovlev, Luis Carlos Galán, Victor French, and R. D. Laing.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Werner Best ranks 1,467 out of 7,253Before him are Günther Blumentritt (1892), Siegfried Lenz (1926), Ernst-Günther Schenck (1904), Frederick II, Grand Duke of Baden (1857), Samuel Scheidt (1587), and Matilda of Frisia (1024). After him are Johann Eck (1486), Amschel Mayer Rothschild (1773), Anton von Werner (1843), Peter Minuit (1589), Johann II, Duke of Saxe-Weimar (1570), and Melitta Bentz (1873).

Among POLITICIANS In Germany

Among politicians born in Germany, Werner Best ranks 422Before him are Charles I, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel (1654), Prince Charles of Prussia (1801), Arnold Gehlen (1904), Leopold I, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau (1676), Princess Feodora of Leiningen (1807), and Frederick II, Grand Duke of Baden (1857). After him are Peter Minuit (1589), Walter Warlimont (1894), Christian Wulff (1959), Frederick II, Elector Palatine (1482), Karl Eberhard Schöngarth (1903), and Hermine Reuss of Greiz (1887).