Witold Pilecki

1901 - 1948

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Witold Pilecki (13 May 1901 – 25 May 1948; Polish pronunciation: [ˈvitɔlt piˈlɛt͡skʲi]; codenames Roman Jezierski, Tomasz Serafiński, Druh, Witold) was a Polish cavalry officer, intelligence agent, and resistance leader. Early in World War II he co-founded the Secret Polish Army resistance movement. In 1940 Pilecki volunteered to allow himself to be captured by the occupying Germans in order to infiltrate the Auschwitz concentration camp. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Witold Pilecki has received more than 1,778,506 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Witold Pilecki is the 58th most popular social activist (up from 69th in 2019), the 203rd most popular biography from Russia (up from 231st in 2019) and the 4th most popular Russian Social Activist.

Witold Pilecki was a Polish soldier who volunteered to be imprisoned in Auschwitz concentration camp to gather intelligence on the Nazi's. He was eventually caught and executed by the Nazis.

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Among social activists, Witold Pilecki ranks 58 out of 544Before him are Buenaventura Durruti, Yemelyan Pugachev, Alfred Hermann Fried, Túpac Amaru II, Lê Đức Thọ, and Bal Gangadhar Tilak. After him are Bhagat Singh, Fra Dolcino, Nicholas Winton, Axel Munthe, Widukind, and Mukhtar al-Thaqafi.

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Among people born in 1901, Witold Pilecki ranks 37Before him are Ricardo Zamora, Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej, Jean Dubuffet, Carl Barks, Robert Bresson, and Mohamed Naguib. After him are Nadezhda Alliluyeva, Henning von Tresckow, Nikolai Vatutin, Alfred Tarski, Arthur Liebehenschel, and Louis Kahn. Among people deceased in 1948, Witold Pilecki ranks 19Before him are Johannes Blaskowitz, Karl Brandt, Babe Ruth, Nikolai Berdyaev, Ruth Benedict, and Kurt Schwitters. After him are Maria Mandl, Karl Gebhardt, Jan Masaryk, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Arthur Liebehenschel, and Prince Aimone, Duke of Aosta.

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Among people born in Russia, Witold Pilecki ranks 203 out of 2,688Before him are Pitirim Sorokin (1889), Pafnuty Chebyshev (1821), Andrei Tupolev (1888), Grand Duke Konstantin Pavlovich of Russia (1779), Alexander Stepanovich Popov (1859), and Yuri Dolgorukiy (1095). After him are Raisa Gorbacheva (1932), Alla Pugacheva (1949), Ivan Vladimirovich Michurin (1855), The French Angel (1903), Gherman Titov (1935), and Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia (1857).


Among social activists born in Russia, Witold Pilecki ranks 4Before him are Alexey Stakhanov (1906), Stenka Razin (1630), and Yemelyan Pugachev (1742). After him are Aleksandr Ulyanov (1866), Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya (1923), Sergey Nechayev (1847), Maria Spiridonova (1884), Ilya Ulyanov (1831), Grigory Mikhaylovich Semyonov (1890), Vladimir Bukovsky (1942), and Sophia Perovskaya (1853).