The history of the Jews in Berlin from the middle ages to the Third Reich
The history of Jews in Berlin begins in the Middle Ages and is marked by periods of tolerance, oppression , torture, execution, and expulsion. Until the modern era they were repeatedly banished, accused of spreading the plague, desecration, and even murdering a Prince.
The first Jewish community dates back to 1671 when, after an absence of one hundred years, they are again admitted to Brandenburg.
The road to emancipation, and economic and social integration, will last over two centuries. This economic and intellectual success generated jealousies accentuated by growing anti-Semitism. Adolf Hitler's rise to power in 1933 put an end to this prosperity and stopped with the deportation of millions to concentration camps.
We will follow in the footsteps of this history from the Middle Ages to the present.
Also we will become acquainted with the personalities who left their mark in Berlin: Moses Mendelssohn, Veitel Heine Ephraim, Henriette Herz, Wilfrid Israel, Hermann Tietz and Regine Jonas, to name a few.
Location of Moses Mendelssohn House
Workshop for the blind
Home of the first woman rabbi
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: In front of the Ephraim-Palais, Poststraße 16
Or at a location previously agreed.
End location: New Synagogue or Station "Hackescher Markt"
Duration: 3 hours
My services as a certified professional tour guide
Maps and photos of the historical Berlin
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10 Euros - for drinks or snacks
Any personal purchases or expenses, entry in museum, public transport fares, taxi fares, as well as car hire plus driver (if applicable)