Rainer Karlsch

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Rainer Karlsch (born 3 April 1957 in Stendal) is a German historian and author.[1]

He studied economic history at the Humboldt University of Berlin. He graduated in 1986 as a Doctor of Economics.

From 1992-1994, assistant to the Historical commission on Berlin (Historischen Kommission zu Berlin).

From 1995-1998, assistant to a key DFG program.

Since 1999, assistant to Institute for economic policy and economic history of the Free University of Berlin.

Together with the TV journalist Heiko Petermann, he investigated intensively the four-year history of German atomic research. They were supported by international historians, physicists and radio chemists. In 2005, he published his controversial book Hitlers Bombe, in which he argued Nazi Germany may have secretly developed and tested a nuclear weapon. Other historians have disputed his claims.

He is a winner of the Stinnes Award.


  • Sowjetische Demontagen in Deutschland 1944-1949. Hintergründe, Ziele und Wirkungen. (Zeitgeschichtliche Forschungen; ZFF 17) - ISBN 3-428-10739-X
  • Allein bezahlt? Die Reparationsleistungen der SBZ/DDR 1945-53, Ch. Links Verlag 1993 - ISBN 3-86153-054-6, reprint: Elbe-Dnepr Verlag 2004 ISBN 3-933395-51-8
  • Faktor Öl: Die Mineralölwirtschaft in Deutschland 1859-1974 - ISBN 3-406-50276-8
  • Urangeheimnisse (Uranium secrets) - ISBN 3-86153-276-X
  • Hitlers Bombe (Hitler's Bomb) - ISBN 3-421-05809-1, released on March 14, 2005

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  1. ^ Bessel, Richard (2010-08-03). Germany 1945: From War to Peace. HarperCollins. pp. 379–. ISBN 978-0-06-054037-1. Retrieved 26 June 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)