Wilm Hosenfeld

1895 - 1952

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Wilhelm Adalbert Hosenfeld (German pronunciation: [ˈvɪl(hɛl)m ˈhoːzənfɛlt]; 2 May 1895 – 13 August 1952), originally a school teacher, was a German Army officer who by the end of the Second World War had risen to the rank of Hauptmann (captain). He helped to hide or rescue several Polish people, including Jews, in Nazi-German occupied Poland, and helped Jewish pianist and composer Władysław Szpilman to survive, hidden, in the ruins of Warsaw during the last months of 1944, an act which was portrayed in the 2002 film The Pianist. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wilm Hosenfeld has received more than 2,473,938 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Wilm Hosenfeld is the 955th most popular politician (down from 845th in 2019), the 266th most popular biography from Germany (down from 237th in 2019) and the 76th most popular German Politician.

Wilhelm Hosenfeld was a German officer who helped to save the lives of many people during World War II. He helped to smuggle Jews out of Nazi-occupied Poland, and helped to save Polish children from death.

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Among politicians, Wilm Hosenfeld ranks 955 out of 19,576Before him are Jorge Rafael Videla, Konstantin von Neurath, Andrew II of Hungary, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Shamil, 3rd Imam of Dagestan, and Charles XI of Sweden. After him are Hassanal Bolkiah, Grigory Zinoviev, Kara Mustafa Pasha, Michael III, Leo I the Thracian, and Charles I of Hungary.

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Among people born in 1895, Wilm Hosenfeld ranks 10Before him are Carl Orff, Santiago Bernabéu Yeste, Amin al-Husseini, Buster Keaton, Richard Sorge, and Ernst Jünger. After him are Jiddu Krishnamurti, Max Horkheimer, Anna Freud, Mikhail Bakhtin, Paul Éluard, and J. Edgar Hoover. Among people deceased in 1952, Wilm Hosenfeld ranks 8Before him are Knut Hamsun, Eva Perón, George VI, John Dewey, Chaim Weizmann, and Alexandra Kollontai. After him are Paul Éluard, Karen Horney, Sveinn Björnsson, Benedetto Croce, Elena of Montenegro, and Vittorio Emanuele Orlando.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Wilm Hosenfeld ranks 266 out of 7,253Before him are Princess Ludovika of Bavaria (1808), Karl Ferdinand Braun (1850), Klaus Schwab (1938), Arnulf of Carinthia (850), Konstantin von Neurath (1873), and Ernst Jünger (1895). After him are John of Austria (1547), Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1744), Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb (1876), Wilhelm Pieck (1876), Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1691), and Michael Ende (1929).

Among POLITICIANS In Germany

Among politicians born in Germany, Wilm Hosenfeld ranks 76Before him are Kurt von Schleicher (1882), Friedrich Ratzel (1844), Valentinian II (371), Princess Ludovika of Bavaria (1808), Arnulf of Carinthia (850), and Konstantin von Neurath (1873). After him are Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1744), Wilhelm Pieck (1876), Wilhelm Frick (1877), Anton Drexler (1884), Frederick V of the Palatinate (1596), and Irma Grese (1923).