ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Back in Time with My WW II Pen Pal

Berlin, GermanyPart of Airbnb Online Experiences

Online experience hosted by Maria

  1. 2 hours
  2. Hosted in English

What you'll do

Our virtual meetup in Berlin will bring us back in time, to the dramatic 1930s in Germany. I'll share my special, inspiring and quite unbelievable true story with you.

One of the best ways to learn about a period in history is through personal stories of people who witnessed that era. Our talk will give you this type of experience.

I'll tell you a story about a Jewish boy who once lived in the house where I live now in Berlin. He accidentally met Hitler, fled Nazi Germany, and was my pen-pal for a while before passing away. His life with its crazy coincidences could be a script for a movie, and I feel really blessed to be able to share his story with you.

I'll show you his letters to me, old photographs, his memoire, and tell you why a vintage typewriter traveled all the way from Berlin to New York, why is a tiny rose bush in my courtyard is so precious to me, and why it is so important to pay attention to little things around us.

In the first part of the session, I’ll tell you about the specifics of ''remembrance culture“ in Germany, and we'll have a discussion about it, recalling significant memorials, museums, history books/movies.

At the beginning, we’ll get to know each other a bit, and on the way, everybody is welcome to participate in discussions, sharing their thoughts and opinions on the subject. So, it‘s not just my storytelling, but also communication!
Other things to note
Feel free to request another time slot if you have a group of friends who are up to a private experience in English or in Russian, I‘ll do my best to make it work. But, pls, check the time difference to avoid confusion! I will really appreciate if you propose a time slot using BERLIN time! Thanks!
Our virtual meetup in Berlin will bring us back in time, to the dramatic 1930s in Germany. I'll share my special, inspiring and quite unbelievable true story with you.

One of the best ways to learn about a period in history is through personal stories of people who witnessed that era. Our talk will give you this type of experience.

I'll tell you a story about a Jewish boy who once lived in the house where I live now in Ber…

How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Use Zoom to participate on your desktop or mobile device. After you book you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
  • Book a private group
    Maria can host private groups of any size, up to 30 guests. Private group rates start at $114.

What to bring

  • Keen interest in history
  • Desire to listen to a lot of stories (thought-provoking rather then fun and entertaining)
  • Desire to connect with other guests, listen to their thoughts and share your own opinions
  • Pls, keep in mind that this session might boring / uncomfortable for children

Meet your Host, Maria

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 259 Reviews
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I am Maria, a passionate storyteller and a tour guide in Berlin. Throughout the years, I have been exploring the history and the unique spirit of this multifaceted, frenzied, and incredible city, I have discovered so many amazing stories, that at some point I realized I want to share them with people.

Working in PR and cultural journalism, I mastered the art of storytelling. Now, tour-guiding gives me a great opportunity to put these skills into practice.

Apart from showing visitors Berlin's hidden gems, I do translations, organize cultural events for kids and grownups, do yoga, and raise my two awesome sons.
I am Maria, a passionate storyteller and a tour guide in Berlin. Throughout the years, I have been exploring the history and the unique spirit of this multifaceted, frenzied, and incredible city, I have discovered so many amazing stories, that at some point I realized I want to share them with people.

Working in PR and cultural journalism, I mastered the art of storytelling. Now, tour-guiding gives me a great opportunity to put these skills into practice.

Apart from showi…
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Rated 4.91 out of 5 from 259 reviews.

Beth
May 2021
This was an interesting concept. Maria became a penpal with an older man who had lived in her apartment building before WW2. She is a very good speaker and brings her stories alive.
Yanxiu
May 2021
Maria is a great host who introduced some history of WWII in Germany as well as sharing the stories behind her penpal. It was such a fantastic experience. I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes history and wants to learn a bit more about WW II.
Susan
April 2021
Maria is a wonderful host with a fascinating story to tell. Her presentation is well organized and thought provoking, and she does a great job of encouraging discussion.
Olga
April 2021
Very insightful and she has a unique story to tell. Though I expected a deep conversation, she did a good job by describing it in an uplifting and hopeful manner.
Ailien
March 2021
Thank you Maria for the session. It was a very interesting session to learn about a very sensitive topic form personal point of yours. The whole group enjoyed it very much and were engaged. Wonderful session for my company.
Janet
February 2021
Maria brings storytelling and history together in an intimate and interactive way. She engaged our family in the most interesting discussion, bringing history and it’s importance to the here and now. She helped us learn about ourselves without asking us too. We laughed and learned and loved the experience

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.

Guest requirements

You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email.