Jewish places and stories

Berlin, Germany

Experience hosted by Rafael

3 hours, Hosted in English
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Up to 4 people

What you'll do

We’ll walk around the “Jewish” sector of Mitte, recalling stories and visiting places related to the absence and presence of Jewish life in Berlin. We’ll see how the stories of Berlin’s Jews shape the present of the city and help to understand how Germany recreated itself after destroying one of its most important minorities.

This experience is not a passive lecture, so I invite you to participate imagining, talking and asking - all the why? and how? you feel asking -, so that you can take your own lessons and thoughts about the stories and interpretations I will share.
We’ll walk around the “Jewish” sector of Mitte, recalling stories and visiting places related to the absence and presence of Jewish life in Berlin. We’ll see how the stories of Berlin’s Jews shape the present of the city and help to understand how Germany recreated itself after destroying one of its most important minorities.

This experience is not a passive lecture, so I invite you to participate imagining, talking and asking - all th…

Meet your host, Rafael

Host on Airbnb since 2014
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Hello! My name is Rafael, and I came to Berlin to finish a PhD about German-Jews and other historical minorities. I decided to stay. Here, my research became alive, not only a theoretical object, but a way of comprehending and experiencing the city.

I've been teaching, writing, lecturing and guiding about the stories of German speaking Jews for years. So I invite you to walk around Berlin and talk about how Jewish stories intertwine with the history of this city.
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Where you'll be

Highlights:
- Alexanderplatz
(imagining the first Jewish settlers)
- Lustgarten
(life before death)
- Haus Schwarzenberg
(helpers in Nazi Berlin)
- Neue Synagogue
(foreigners or Germans?)
- Old Jewish Cemetery
(how do we build memory?)
- Abandoned Room
(the fundamental question: why?)
- Memorial to the Rosenstraße Protest
(resisting totalitarianism)

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 69 reviews.

Gregory
August 2021
I missed this Airbnb experience two summers ago but fortunately kept it on my Wishlist. I'm so glad Rafael was available this time around. This is a truly exceptional tour run by a gifted historian. Rafael has put together a walk that takes you well beyond streets and monuments. He weaves a compelling presentation of historical data, philosophical concepts and a political/sociocultural understanding of the Jewish experience in Berlin - as well as the lives of notable Jewish German individuals- through the centuries. Whether you are well versed in the subject or newly curious about the topic Rafael succeeds engaging everyone, encouraging questions and sharing his vast knowledge with remarkable genuineness and generosity. Do not miss it!!
Randy
August 2021
Rafael lead a really thought-provoking tour of the history of the Jews in Europe, but especially in Berlin. It was a great complement to a rise and fall of Hitler tour I went on earlier in the week and I felt like I had a pretty good overall picture of what happened.
Karl
August 2021
Rafael was a fantastic tour guide connecting modern sites and stories to their historical context, while adding in not just factual information but also thought-provoking information. Our family felt lucky to have gone on this tour and we are so appreciative of all the research Rafael put into this unique experience. I highly recommend it.
Julie
August 2021
Rafael shared the Jewish history of Berlin that was engaging for my whole family. My teens connected with him and liked knowing about Rafael’s background and studies as well. Although I had been to Berlin before, Rafael shared places and history that I would never have found myself. It was also the perfect way to start our visit to Berlin. Rafael followed up with personalized recommendations for us on what to do next in Berlin. We only wish we had more time to take more of his tours. Highly recommended.
Ilya
November 2020
It very interesting tour in to the past and we have discovered quite and beautiful places, which was the whitenesses of story. Rafael has deep knowledge in the subject and has adjusted him self to us.
Jenny And John
October 2020
This was a very thought provoking and valuable experience learning about Jewish history specific to Berlin and Europe. We literally walked through history going to key points throughout the city. Rafael has a depth of knowledge on this subject and presented it in a very digestible and thought provoking way. This is a must do tour while in Berlin. Thank you Rafael.

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Things to know

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 4 guests ages 12 and up can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

What to bring

extra money for eventual snacks, coffee or meal