Experience hosted by Sean

2 hours, Hosted in English
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Up to 10 people

What you'll do

This two-hour 'walking discussion’ will take you off the beaten track and away from the big sites to explore the essentials of Nazism. We’ll discuss why ordinary people supported the Reich as we stroll through a residential area. We'll stop by the old synagogue to discuss what drove their infamous Jewish policies and use a nearby park as a metaphor to help us understand their foreign policies. We’ll also catch a glimpse of what it was like to fight on the streets of Berlin in 1945, using a role-playing technique that helps put you in the place of local commanders on both sides.
This experience is less a chronology of the rise of the Nazis and more a deeper dive into the WHY’s of it all. By the end, you will have explored a now vibrant Berlin neighbourhood and unlocked some of its secrets, all of which will give you a deeper and more rounded picture of those disturbing 12 years. You’ll also catch a glimpse of life in modern Berlin which helps you to understand the profound changes which have taken place since the war.
This two-hour 'walking discussion’ will take you off the beaten track and away from the big sites to explore the essentials of Nazism. We’ll discuss why ordinary people supported the Reich as we stroll through a residential area. We'll stop by the old synagogue to discuss what drove their infamous Jewish policies and use a nearby park as a metaphor to help us understand their foreign policies. We’ll also catch a glimpse of what it was like to fig…

Meet your host, Sean

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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

The area around the Old Synagogue, near the River Spree, is an atmospheric quarter of the former East Berlin, now fast becoming gentrified. It offers us an ideal mix of big sites and typical old Berlin urban scenery, from which we will reconstruct the lives of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary times.

1 review

Emma
August 2021
Wonderful tour!! So informative and packed with stories! My sons loved it too.

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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.