FACES OF BERLIN’S JEWISH HISTORY
This Berlin’s Jewish history tour explores the city’s immense Jewish heritage through fascinating stories of individuals and families. The Mendelssohns and the Itzigs were among the founders of the Jewish reformed movement and of the first secular schools in the 18th century. Henriette Heine and Rachel von Varnhagen hosted some of the most popular in the city literary and art salons. Herman Ghersson founded the first luxury department store. Wilfrid Israel inherited his great-grandfathers multimillion dollar business and was a man behind the Kindertransport program. These are just a few names we look into during this fascinating Berlin Jewish history tour.
Where did the the Mendelssohns live in Berlin? Who founded the first Jewish graveyard? How did Daniel Itzig get the title of the Royal Bilder? On a stroll around the James Simon park we explore the exciting story of this Berliner Jew who was a huge supporter of arts and presented Berlin with one of its most significant treasures. We walk in the footsteps of the prominent Jewish financiers and merchants, «cotton kings» and garment industry tycoons. And the Berlin’s Jewish history comes live through the individuals and families. Their contributions into the city and the community had a long lasting impact. It has lasted till our days and is well worth exploring!