Willi Herold

1925 - 1946

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Willi Herold (11 September 1925 – 14 November 1946), also known as the Executioner of Emsland, was a Nazi German war criminal. Near the end of the Second World War in Europe, Herold deserted from the German Army and, posing as a Luftwaffe captain, organized the mass execution of German deserters held at a prison camp. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Willi Herold has received more than 864,641 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). Willi Herold is the 71st most popular extremist (up from 74th in 2019), the 1,291st most popular biography from Germany (down from 1,233rd in 2019) and the 9th most popular German Extremist.

Willi Herold is most famous for being the first person to fly an airplane solo across the English Channel.

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Among extremists, Willi Herold ranks 71 out of 283Before him are Pedro López, Carlo Gambino, Kang Kek Iew, Matteo Messina Denaro, Johnny Torrio, and Gary Ridgway. After him are Charles Sobhraj, Hermine Braunsteiner, Jordan Belfort, Frank Sheeran, Shamil Basayev, and Ma Barker.

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Among people born in 1925, Willi Herold ranks 88Before him are Joshua Lederberg, Sibghatullah Mojaddedi, Harry Harrison, Gabriele Ferzetti, Sufi Abu Taleb, and Paul Greengard. After him are Bill Haley, Baruch Samuel Blumberg, Nicolai Gedda, Dettmar Cramer, Tom Gehrels, and Hugo Koblet. Among people deceased in 1946, Willi Herold ranks 52Before him are Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov, Gustav Noske, Otto Georg Thierack, Clemens August Graf von Galen, Carl Schuhmann, and Per Albin Hansson. After him are James Jeans, Grigory Mikhaylovich Semyonov, Rüdiger von der Goltz, Miroslav Filipović, Alfred Stieglitz, and Karl Eberhard Schöngarth.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Willi Herold ranks 1,291 out of 7,253Before him are Duchess Marie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1854), Paul Langerhans (1847), John Casimir, Count Palatine of Kleeburg (1589), Constantin Carathéodory (1873), Jens Lehmann (1969), and Hannah Höch (1889). After him are Countess Palatine Maria Franziska of Sulzbach (1724), Karl Ludwig Harding (1765), Princess Anna of Prussia (1836), Princess Henrietta of Nassau-Weilburg (1797), Uli Stielike (1954), and Jakob Wassermann (1873).

Among EXTREMISTS In Germany

Among extremists born in Germany, Willi Herold ranks 9Before him are Otto Ohlendorf (1907), Andreas Baader (1943), Peter Kürten (1883), Fritz Haarmann (1879), Gudrun Ensslin (1940), and Friedrich Jeckeln (1895). After him are Armin Meiwes (1961), Fritz Honka (1935), Oskar Gröning (1921), Johann Rattenhuber (1897), Monika Ertl (1937), and Therese Brandl (1902).