Experience hosted by Sean

2 hours, Hosted in English
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Up to 10 people

What you'll do

Explore the monuments of Berlin as the city struggles with its controversial past.
What is the past and how should we memorialize it? Recent events around the world have sparked fierce debate around the idea of statues and memorials and how it is that we as a society ought to remember, or sometimes forget, the past.
This walk will lead you to both well-known sites and more hidden backstreet locations as we discuss, debate and engage with Berlin’s attempts to “mark” its history. Berlin is a city of memorials and each one addresses the past differently. From traditional statues to abstract art, each memorial tackles the problem differently and on this experience we’ll discover these wildly different approaches, share our thoughts and reactions and debate the nature of memory.
Explore the monuments of Berlin as the city struggles with its controversial past.
What is the past and how should we memorialize it? Recent events around the world have sparked fierce debate around the idea of statues and memorials and how it is that we as a society ought to remember, or sometimes forget, the past.
This walk will lead you to both well-known sites and more hidden backstreet locations as we discuss, debate and engage wi…

Meet your host, Sean

Host on Airbnb since 2017
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I'm a professional historian specializing in the history of Central and Eastern Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries. I have an MA in history and another with a focus on the military history of the Third Reich and the Soviet Union. I lived for over 14 years in Moscow where I researched Stalinism and ran tours of the city, and have lived for 3 years in Berlin, where I conduct research into the Nazi and DDR regimes. The past is every bit as confusing, dramatic and action-filled as the present, and understanding what drove ordinary people to act as they did a century ago, not only helps us navigate our own lives today, but brings the sometimes grainy, black-and-white images we have of those seemingly far-off years to vivid, colourful life.
I'm a professional historian specializing in the history of Central and Eastern Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries. I have an MA in history and another with a focus on the military history of the Third Reich and the Soviet Union. I lived for over 14 years in Moscow where I researched Stalinism and ran tours of the city, and have lived for 3 years in Berlin, where I conduct research into the Nazi and DDR regimes. The past is every bit as confusing, dramatic and action-filled as the present, an…
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Where you'll be

From Soviet memorials to modern art installations; from memorial plaques to places where silence is more meaningful than signs, we'll explore war memorials, memorials to genocide, to political parties and to the Berlin Wall to dive deep into the thinking that lies behind each method of commemoration. We'll start with the Soviet memorial on the Tiergarten, and end at the Berlin Wall memorial, both of which have easy links for onward travel

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

What to bring

S/U Bahn day ticket

Water