Famous War Criminals - List of Famous War Criminals

When Peter von Hagenbach was executed in the 15th century, he became the first person to have been convicted at an “international" war crimes trial. Major Connaught, a Royalist who was hanged for his part in the massacre of villagers in a church in the mid 17th century is another example of a war criminal. Even though war crimes have been happening from the past several centuries, such crimes were perpetuated at an unprecedented level during the World War II. One of the most feared Nazi leaders, Adolf Eichmann was a war criminal held responsible for the deaths of thousands of Jews during the war. Josef Mengele, also known as Auschwitz’s “Angel of Death”, was notorious for the brutal human experiments he conducted on prisoners-of-war. While a majority of war criminals are males, women like Ilse Koch, Dorothea Binz, and Irma Grese have proven that some females also display unspeakable brutality during war time. More recently, former Serbian President Slobodan Milošević was brought to trial for alleged war crimes but died before the trial could be concluded. Former Liberian President Charles G. Taylor and Omar al-Bashir, current head of state of Sudan are also regarded as war criminals. This section provides you information about the life and crimes of notorious war criminals from all over the globe.

The Most Famous War Criminals

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Irma GreseOctober 7, 1923GermanIrma Grese was a notorious German Nazi concentration camp guard during the Second World War
Mutsuhiro WatanabeJanuary 18, 1918JapaneseMutsuhiro Watanabe was an Imperial Japanese Army corporal in the Second World War
Alfred RosenbergJanuary 12, 1893GermanAlfred Rosenberg was one of the leading ideologists of the Nazi Party who played a decisive role in shaping Nazi philosophy
Ernst KaltenbrunnerOctober 4, 1903AustrianErnst Kaltenbrunner was an Austrian Nazi Party leader during World War II
Ilse KochSeptember 22, 1906GermanIlse Koch was the wife of Karl-Otto Koch, the chief of the Nazi concentration camps in Buchenwald and Majdanek
Charles TaylorJanuary 28, 1948LiberianCharles Taylor is a former politician from Liberia, who served as the President of the country for six years
Pol PotMay 19, 1925CambodianPol Pot was the Cambodian revolutionary who led the Khmer Rouge
Reinhard HeydrichMarch 7, 1904GermanReinhard Heydrich was a high-ranking German Nazi official during the World War II
Hideki TojoDecember 30, 1884JapaneseHideki Tojo was the 27th Prime Minister of Japan
Karl BrandtJanuary 8, 1904GermanKarl Brandt was a German physician who served as Adolf Hitler’s personal physician
Irma Grese

Irma Grese

Irma Grese was a notorious German Nazi concentration camp guard during the Second World War

GermanOctober 7, 19232,300 views

Reinhard Heydrich

Reinhard Heydrich was a high-ranking German Nazi official during the World War II

GermanMarch 7, 1904364 views

Ernst Kaltenbrunner

Ernst Kaltenbrunner was an Austrian Nazi Party leader during World War II

AustrianOctober 4, 1903455 views

Oskar Groening

Oskar Gröning is a German ex- SS junior squad leader and posted at Auschwitz concentration camp during the World War II.

GermanJune 10, 1921139 views

John Demjanjuk

John Demjanjuk was a former Nazi guard in the Sobibór extermination camp in the occupied Poland, convicted in Germany for assisting in the murder of 28,060 Jews.

UkrainianApril 3, 192098 views

Ilse Koch

Ilse Koch was the wife of Karl-Otto Koch, the chief of the Nazi concentration camps in Buchenwald and Majdanek

GermanSeptember 22, 1906398 views

Karl Brandt

Karl Brandt was a German physician who served as Adolf Hitler’s personal physician

GermanJanuary 8, 1904334 views

Martin Bormann

Martin Bormann was the private secretary of Adolf Hitler and head of the Nazi Party Chancellery

GermanJune 17, 1900133 views

Charles Taylor

Charles Taylor is a former politician from Liberia, who served as the President of the country for six years

LiberianJanuary 28, 1948386 views