"[Our docent] handled the sensitive and delicate matter of touring a concentration camp deftly, with grace and the respect it deserves."
Among the Ruins
Our group walks are open to children 13 years and up, while there is no age limit on private walks. Due to the nature of the subject matter, this excursion may not be suitable for families. We have compiled resources for families wishing to prepare their children to learn about the Holocaust while in Berlin; we also offer a family program for those looking for an experience to engage visitors of all ages.
The tour meets in Berlin, near the train station. Your confirmation will have the exact meeting point. Your docent will purchase the train tickets on your behalf, and then you will take the train together. After your visit to the former camp, you will return to Berlin together. The ride is about 45 minutes each way and is part of the overall 5-hour duration of the tour.
For private tours starting in Berlin, yes. You can remove the train tickets and add the optional car service in the booking form above. The docent and driver will meet you at your hotel.
Christina is an East Berliner who was born in the GDR, a socialist republic that no longer exists. She danced on the Wall in 1989, and closely observed the restructuring of Germany and the frantic urban transformation of Berlin. At the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) she earned an MA in cultural history and comparative social sciences, particularly the ideology-based history of the twentieth century. Her dissertation was on a more contemporary subject of "The Economic Impact of the Contemporary Art Scene on the city of Berlin." She now works as an arts administrator, manages urban development initiatives, and since 2006 routinely walks guests through the eclectic and varied political, cultural, and architectural histories of the German capital and beyond.
Heribert is a native Berliner whose family history can be traced as far back as the founding of the city. An expert in urban history, for more than twenty years he has been guiding interested crowds through the German capital and the surrounding Mark Brandenburg, letting the stone witnesses of passing time tell their stories while he enthusiastically revives old lifestyles and tastes. He studied sociology, history, and cultural anthropology at the Freie Universität Berlin. His professional experience is varied and far-ranging, including working as a freelance trainer for communication and intercultural education since 1982, and guiding tours since 1986. In the West Berlin borough of Wannsee he runs with his wife two fine cafés (including at the Max Liebermann Villa Museum) and a gourmet delicatessen, and he is well-versed in fine cuisine. With an anecdote for just about every historical detail, Heribert is the consummate companion for any and all learning adventures in this city.
Robert grew up in East Berlin during the 1980s and went on to study at the University of Florence, Italy. He received his PhD in cultural studies from Humboldt University of Berlin where his dissertation focused on sexual violence in the Nazi concentration camps. He recently worked as a researcher for the BBC and as a historian for the Sachsenhausen and Ravensbrück concentration camp memorials. His interests range from the history of art and architecture to modern European history and WWII. Robert worked for Hampshire College and has given guest lectures at both Boston University and Brown University. He has been working as a tour guide for more than ten years.
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