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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 2,024,442 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Wilm Hosenfeld is the 853rd most popular politician (up from 1,204th in 2019), the 237th most popular biography from Germany (up from 340th in 2019) and the 68th 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 853 out of 15,577Before him are William Howard Taft, Frederick VI of Denmark, Manuel II Palaiologos, Ruth, Modu Chanyu, and Gustav III of Sweden. After him are Islam Karimov, Jozef Tiso, Aurangzeb, Kara Mustafa Pasha, Qaboos bin Said al Said, and Farah Pahlavi.

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Among people born in 1895, Wilm Hosenfeld ranks 11Before him are Richard Sorge, Buster Keaton, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Anna Freud, J. Edgar Hoover, and Santiago Bernabéu Yeste. After him are Nikolai Yezhov, Ernst Jünger, Mikhail Bakhtin, Max Horkheimer, Semyon Timoshenko, and Amin al-Husseini. Among people deceased in 1952, Wilm Hosenfeld ranks 7Before him are Maria Montessori, George VI, John Dewey, Knut Hamsun, Eva Perón, and Alexandra Kollontai. After him are Chaim Weizmann, Paul Éluard, Karen Horney, Benedetto Croce, Walter Schellenberg, and Elena of Montenegro.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Wilm Hosenfeld ranks 237 out of 6,142Before him are Jupp Heynckes (1945), Wilhelm Pieck (1876), Henry III, Holy Roman Emperor (1016), Alexandra Feodorovna (1872), Leopold von Ranke (1795), and Hermann Hoth (1885). After him are Heinrich Müller (1900), Pope Clement II (1005), Eduard Buchner (1860), Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor (1086), Frank-Walter Steinmeier (1956), and Martin Niemöller (1892).

Among POLITICIANS In Germany

Among politicians born in Germany, Wilm Hosenfeld ranks 68Before him are Wenceslaus IV of Bohemia (1361), Walter Ulbricht (1893), Eduard Bernstein (1850), Wilhelm Frick (1877), Wilhelm Pieck (1876), and Henry III, Holy Roman Emperor (1016). After him are Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor (1086), Frank-Walter Steinmeier (1956), Kurt von Schleicher (1882), Irma Grese (1923), Joachim Gauck (1940), and Friedrich Ratzel (1844).