Research Director and Deputy Director of the Memorial


Dr Thomas Rahe

Tel.: +49 (0) 5051– 4759-111

Fax: +49 (0) 5051– 4759-118



1977-1986: Studied history, Catholic theology and education at the University of Münster; state teaching exam for lower and upper secondary education

1987: Doctorate in modern history with a dissertation on the origins of Zionism

Since 1987: Research Director of the Bergen-Belsen Memorial

Research areas: 19th- and 20th-century Jewish history; history of Nazi persecution and its consequences after 1945

Selected publications


Rahe, Thomas: Frühzionismus und Judentum. Untersuchungen zu Programmatik und historischem Kontext des frühen Zionismus bis 1897, Frankfurt/M. u.a. 1988.


Rahe, Thomas: Häftlingszeichnungen aus dem Konzentrationslager Bergen-Belsen, Hannover 1993.


Rahe, Thomas: „Höre Israel“. Jüdische Religiosität in nationalsozialistischen Konzentrationslagern, Göttingen 1999.