Dietrich von Choltitz, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Dietrich von Choltitz

German general

Date of Birth: 09-Nov-1894

Place of Birth: Łąka Prudnicka, Opole Voivodeship, Poland

Date of Death: 05-Nov-1966

Profession: military officer

Nationality: Germany

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

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About Dietrich von Choltitz

  • Dietrich von Choltitz (German pronunciation: ['di?t??ç f?n 'k?lt?ts]; 9 November 1894 – 5 November 1966) was a German General who served in the Royal Saxon Army during World War I and the German Army during World War II.
  • He is chiefly remembered for his role as the last commander of Nazi-occupied Paris in 1944, when he disobeyed Adolf Hitler's orders to level the city, but instead surrendered it to Free French forces.
  • He has been called the "Saviour of Paris" for preventing its destruction.
  • Choltitz later asserted that his defiance of Hitler's direct order stemmed from its obvious military futility, his affection for the French capital's history and culture, and his belief that Hitler had by then become insane.

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