Stories of Dachau Survivors

Gleb Rahr

According to Gleb Rahr's own account, which is included in the book "Dachau 29 April 1945" edited by Sam Dann of the 42nd Rainbow Division, he was born in Moscow on October 3, 1922. His family was forced to leave Communist Russia while he was still a baby, and he grew up in Latvia. When the Russians invaded Latvia, his family fled to Nazi Germany. He says he was arrested by the Gestapo because he became a member of an underground organization which was against both Fascism and Communism; he was a political prisoner in a number of concentration camps before he wound up at the Buchenwald sub-camp in Langensalza. He was one of the 1,300 survivors on the death train which left from Weimar and finally arrived three weeks later in Dachau.

After the war, Rahr stayed in Germany and studied at Hamburg University. After graduation, he worked for a Russian publishing house in Frankfurt as a correspondent in Tokyo for four years. Later, he emigrated to the United States and became a lecturer in Russian history for the Far East Department at the University of Maryland. In 1975 he went to work for Radio Free Europe. After he retired, he still did free lance work for Radio Free Europe.