Jewish Life in Berlin – The Old Jewish Quarter: Berlin’s Jewish community can be traced back to the time of the Great Elector in the 17th Century. Despite almost complete obliteration at the hands of the Nazis there is still a Jewish community in Berlin. This tour seeks to show you how that community is rebuilding itself, and how it deals with a history of oppression, not just in the 1930s and ‘40s, but for centuries before.
Our tour takes you to the site of the Old Synagogue, and to see the glittering domes of the 19th century New Synagogue. You’ll see the final resting place of Moses Mendelssohn, perhaps Berlin’s most influential Jewish resident. Your guide will also cover the Nazi past from a Jewish perspective, using the ‘Stolpersteine’ memorials set into the street, the story of “Women’s Protest” that saved nearly 2,000 Jews from deportation, and Berlin’s own ‘Oscar Schindler’; Otto Weidt, who risked his life to protect Jewish workers in his workshop for the blind.
Meeting/pick-up point: Outside Weihenstephaner restaurant opposite Hackescher Markt S-Bahn station.
Duration: 3 hours.
Start/opening time: 10am.
End/closing time: 1pm.
Others: End point : New Synagogue. This tour runs for 3 hours, including a short break. No public transport ticket is necessary.