was born in Dusseldorf, Germany in 1906. In the beginning of his
touring career he was also known as Uranus.
He came to the U.S. to
appear at the 1939-40 New York World's Fair. When WWII broke out
he answered his native country's call to arms and fought against
the Allies. His capture in 1944 as the "biggest Nazi" made all the
press throughout the U.S. He must have liked the States, though,
as in 1949 he sailed here to take a job as "the world's largest
Santa Claus" and eventually became a citizen.
He was still finding
work as the world's tallest man in 1959 when he appeared with
Ripley's Odditorium on Broadway. Jakob Nacken was 81 years old
when he died - somewhere in Europe.
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