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Rachel Blumenthal


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Dr Rachel Blumenthal is a research fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She received her Ph.D. from the Hebrew University in 2018 and has also a Ll.M. from Tel Aviv University and a Ll.B. from the Hebrew University. In 2015-2016, she was a fellow at the Center for History in New York and in 2015 and 2018 she was a JDC Archives Fellow.

Focus of Research

  • Post-war refugees and Displaced Persons;
  • German reparations for Holocaust surviviors and transnational justice;
  • non-profit organizations;
  • Israel-diaspora relations.

Current DP projects

  • Jewish and non-Jewish DPs in Upper Austria and Salzburg in the second halt of the 1940s;
  • relations between UNRRA and refugees;
  • contacts between locals and foreigners - military government officials, welfare organizations and refugees;
  • Schleichhandel.


  • Right to Reparations: The Claims Conference and Holocaust Survivors, 1951-1964 (forthcoming summer 2021).