From enlightenment through destruction to revival
Berlin was once one of the great Jewish cities in the world, a third of all Jews in Germany lived in Berlin. Jews were present already in the Middle ages and with the Enlightenment under Moses Mendelssohn jewish life started to flourish. This comes to an end with the nazi dictatorship and the horrors of the Holocaust where some 55. 000 Berlin Jews were deported and murdered in concentration camps. Today the Jewish community has made an remarkable recovery and is one of the fastest growing in the world.
We will visit the oldest of Berlin's Jewish cemeteries - along the same street we also see the first Jewish home for elderly as well as a Jewish Boys School that both were confiscated by the Nazis and converted in to assembly camps.
We will marvel the beauty of the New Synagogue as well as visit the sight where Berlins
first Synagogue was established in 1714. Today along the same street a memorial to the nonviolent protest that was held in February and March 1943, which was carried out by the non Jewish wives and relatives of Jewish men who had been arrested for deportation.
We hear stories and see places where non-Jews risked their lives in order to hide their Jewish neighbors; visit the Workshop for the Blind in which a courageous Berliner risked his life to save the lives of Jewish neighbors and employees.
With me I carry my iPad with pictures and movies to help us compare the past to the present.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Meet up location: at your hotel or as per previously arranged
End location: End location: at your hotel or as per previously arranged
Duration: 4 hours
Transportation Method: Walking tour, possible use of public transportation.
If you like the tour conducted in a car, I can not be the driver. Not that I can't multi task but rather, in Berlin it is not allowed to be the driver of a car and give a tour simultaneously. Contact me and we'll work out an arrangement.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
5 Euro - For refreshments or coffee
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.
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Jessica was terrific. She brought us to places that we didn't know existed. For example, the railroad track from which Jews were sent off to concentration camps with notations alongside the tracks of the date, number of people deported and the camp to which they were sent. There were many more unexpected but very interesting memorial sites. My wife, my son and I all highly recommend Jessica for any tour of the "Jewish sites" of Berlin.