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Berlin: Small Group Jewish History Walking Tour

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Learn about life for the Jewish population in Berlin over the centuries, from emancipation and assimilation to the devastation wrought by Nazi rule. Visit the Jewish Berlin sites that really matter.

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Highlights

  • Walk through Berlin's Jewish Quarter
  • Jewish Berlin from the Enlightenment to the Holocaust
  • Learn about Mendelssohn and Einstein
  • Discover Berlin's flourishing Jewish community in the present day
  • Explore Hackescher Markt and Hackesche Höfe

Description

Berlin's Jewry has a unique and special history, from the days of the Enlightenment, through the brutal truths of the Holocaust, up to its present-day revival. Uncover the history of Berlin's re-emerging Jewish community, learn about the people that made its greatest impacts, and see the sites that matter. From Moses Mendelssohn to Albert Einstein, Berlin's Jews have been responsible for some of the most significant events in intellectual and cultural development. Yet their achievements came against a backdrop of anti-Semitic harassment and discrimination which, after seething for centuries, eventually devastated Europe, and the rest of the world, more recently than many of us would like to think. See the magnificent New Synagogue, and hear its incredible story, which mirrors the tale of Jews in Berlin before, during, and after Nazi persecution. See where non-Jews risked their lives in order to hide their Jewish neighbors, including the Workshop for the Blind, where one courageous Berliner risked his own life to save those of his Jewish employees. See the site of the ancient Jewish-Cemetry where Mendelssohn is still buried, and acquaint yourself with his significance in philosophy and Jewish history. Walk in the footsteps of working-class Jewish immigrants who dreamed of a better world. Hear the stories of women who aspired to be Rabbis, and the rich who desired poverty. Discover what it means, and what it once meant, to be a Jewish Berliner.

Includes

4-hour tour with English-speaking guide

Important Information

  • Please note that the tour runs rain or shine.

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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