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Witold Pilecki

1901 - 1948

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Witold Pilecki (13 May 1901 – 25 May 1948; Polish: [ˈvitɔlt piˈlɛt͡skʲi ] ; codenames Roman Jezierski, Tomasz Serafiński, Druh, Witold) was a Polish World War II cavalry officer, intelligence agent, and resistance leader. As a youth, Pilecki joined Polish underground scouting; in the aftermath of World War I, he joined the Polish militia and, later, the Polish Army. He participated in the Polish-Soviet War which ended in 1921. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Witold Pilecki has received more than 2,282,413 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Witold Pilecki is the 53rd most popular social activist (up from 58th in 2019), the 164th most popular biography from Russia (up from 202nd in 2019) and the 5th 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 53 out of 538Before him are Stenka Razin, Hassan al-Banna, Shirin Ebadi, Babak Khorramdin, Alexey Stakhanov, and Bal Gangadhar Tilak. After him are Mukhtar al-Thaqafi, Camilo Cienfuegos, Toussaint Louverture, Dominique Pire, Túpac Amaru II, and Anneliese Michel.

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Among people born in 1901, Witold Pilecki ranks 31Before him are Margaret Mead, Jean Dubuffet, Simon Kuznets, Max Euwe, Andrey Vlasov, and Milton H. Erickson. After him are Mohamed Naguib, Robert Bresson, Nadezhda Alliluyeva, Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej, Ernest Lawrence, and Ricardo Zamora. Among people deceased in 1948, Witold Pilecki ranks 16Before him are Andrei Zhdanov, Walther von Brauchitsch, Karl Brandt, Babe Ruth, Folke Bernadotte, and Johannes Blaskowitz. After him are Ruth Benedict, Nikolai Berdyaev, Theodor Morell, Karl Gebhardt, Maria Mandl, and Arthur Liebehenschel.

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Among people born in Russia, Witold Pilecki ranks 164 out of 3,262Before him are Alexei Leonov (1934), Sophia Alekseyevna of Russia (1657), Alexey Stakhanov (1906), Raisa Gorbacheva (1932), Alexei Petrovich, Tsarevich of Russia (1690), and Johannes Blaskowitz (1883). After him are El Lissitzky (1890), Sergey Shoygu (1955), Felix Steiner (1896), Gala Dalí (1894), Vladimir Tatlin (1885), and Pavel Cherenkov (1904).


Among social activists born in Russia, Witold Pilecki ranks 5Before him are Peter Kropotkin (1842), Yemelyan Pugachev (1742), Stenka Razin (1630), and Alexey Stakhanov (1906). After him are Aleksandr Ulyanov (1866), Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya (1923), Sergey Nechayev (1847), Ilya Ulyanov (1831), Alexei Navalny (1976), Vladimir Bukovsky (1942), and Grigory Mikhaylovich Semyonov (1890).