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'''Gleb Alexandrovich Rahr''' (Russian: Глеб Александрович Рар) ([[October 3]], 1922-[[March 3]], 2006) was an exiled Russian journalist who dedicated his life to the Orthodox Church. He is a survivor of Nazi concentration camps, and his account of Pascha at Dachau in 1945 is one of the few to be recounted of this momentous occasion. He was active in trying to bring the Gospel into Soviet Russia, as well as informing the rest of the world of the plight of the Orthodox Church within the Soviet Union. As conditions for the Church slowly started to improve in his homeland, he was at the forefront of the effort to reunite the [[Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia]] (ROCOR) with the [[Church of Russia|Moscow Patriarchate]].
From 1960-1963, the Rahr family relocated to Japan, where he directed a Russian-language program on Japanese radio in Tokyo. During this time, he also taught Russian at the Tokyo campus of the University of Maryland. (When the Rahr family returned to Germany, he would teach Russian Literature and History at one of the University of Maryland's campuses there.) From 1963 until 1974, Gleb Rahr again worked for the Frankfurt publisher he had years before.
From 1974-1995, Rahr worked for [[w:Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|Radio Liberty ]] in Munich. He led programs going into the Soviet Union of religious nature along with the programs "The Baltic Lighthouse", "Russia Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow", and "Not from Bread Alone." For many in the Soviet Union, these radio programs were the only opportunity to get truthful information about the plight of the Russian Orthodox Church.
==Church Work==
==The Chapel at Dachau==
On the initiative of Archbishop [[Longin (Talypin) of Klin]], as Russian forces were completely withdrawn from Germany in 1994-1995, a memorial chapel was built at the former Nazi concentration camp at Dachau, outside of Munich. [[Resurrection of Our Lord Chapel of the Resurrection (Dachau, Bavaria)|This chapel]], named for the Resurrection of Christ, (and which led to a [[Resurrection of Our Lord Church of the Resurrection (Munich, Bavaria)|parish of the same name]] - a church Rahr belonged to for years - being founded in Munich in 1996), was built to remember the Orthodox victims of the Nazi regime, as well as any other regimes of terror. The main icon of the chapel depicts Christ leading the prisoners of Dachau out of the camp through the gates, held open by angels. One of the prisoners depicted wears the prisoner number R64923 - Gleb Rahr's number. Since his death, a small wooden cross, fashioned by Rahr whilst a prisoner, is also housed at this chapel.
==Sources==
*[https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gleb_Rahr German Wikipedia Article] (This article is based on the article Leben und Wirken des exilrussischen Journalisten und Kirchenhistorikers Gleb Rahr. Quelle: "Bratstwo-Bote" Ausgabe 2007, Bad Kissingen. / The Life and Works of the Exile Russian Journalist and Church Historian Gleb Rahr; Source: "Bratstwo-Bote"; 2007 edition; Bad Kissingen, Germany)
*[http://de.sputniknews.com/kultur/20060310/44163658.html Detailed obituary] SputnikNews, March 10, 2006 (in German)
*[http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauLiberation/DeathTrain3.html The Death Train to Dachau]
*[http://www.orthodoxytoday.org/articles-2009/Cramer-Dachau-1945-The-Souls-Of-All-Are-Aflame.php Dachau 1945: The Souls of All are Aflame]
*[httphttps://wwwweb.orthodoxytodayarchive.org/articlesweb/RahrDachauPascha20090730094847/http://geocities.php com/Athens/Parthenon/4541/dachau.html Pascha (Easter) at Dachau] recollections of Gleb Rahr('''Note:''' Mr. Rahr's account of Pascha at Dachau was written in English by his daughter Xenia in 1998, most likely for the book ''Dachau 29 April 1945: The Rainbow Liberation Memoirs'' by Sam Dann (ISBN 0896723917). This account has been republished in many, many places. However, over the years, even many reputable sites have pieces that have been altered or missing. This archive.org snapshot of a Geocities page is probably the original online posting, as it was first posted in early 2000, seems to be the most complete, and was published with the knowledge and blessing of Mr. Rahr's daughter Xenia.)
*[http://www.nsaller.de/html/ein_russe_erzahlt.html Ein Russe Erzaehlt] A Russian Tells His Story (In German)
*[http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/MemorialSite/RussianOrthodox.html The Russian Orthodox Chapel at Dachau]
*[http://www.orthodox.cn/localchurch/taiwan/glebrar_en.htm Archbishop Ireney's visit to Taiwan, 1958]
*[https://social.hse.ru/en/news/campus/40871606.html Why Are We Not Together] Alexander Rahr biography from the National Research University Higer School of Economics, Moscow
 
==For Further Reading==
*[http://www.newsinfo.ru/articles/2005-04-29/item/528008/ 2005 interview with Gleb Rahr about Dachau] (in Russian)
*[http://www.patriarchia.ru/db/text/101504.html Russian version of Rahr's Dachau account, plus biography] Official site of the Moscow Patriarchate.
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