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Jewish History in Berlin

By Viator, July 2018

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Berlin’s once-thriving Jewish community was largely destroyed during WWII, but many important remnants remain. From memorials and museums to reconstructed synagogues, the city is full of opportunities to learn and explore the turbulent history of Berlin’s Jewish residents. Here’s what to see. 

Otto Weidt Museum
This former broom and brush factory has been preserved almost as it was during WWII, when factory owner Otto Weidt used his business to employ blind and deaf Jews in order to prevent them from being deported to concentration camps. Today the site features exhibits such as photographs and letters from former workers. 

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe 
Set near Brandenburg Gate in the former location of the Berlin Wall, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe covers 4.7 acres (1.9 hectares) and contains 2,711 concrete slabs arranged in a grid pattern. The site is thought to resemble a graveyard of headstones or sarcophagi, and serves as a reminder of lives lost during the Holocaust. 

Old Cemetery 
What looks like a small park in Berlin’s Mitte district was once the city’s first Jewish cemetery, destroyed by the Nazis in 1943. Some 2,700 people were buried in the Old Cemetery (Friedhof Grosse Hamburger Strasse), including German Jewish philosopher Moses Mendelssohn. Today the site contains a sarcophagus filled with sand from destroyed gravestones, which commemorates all those buried there.

New Synagogue
Once Berlin’s main synagogue, this structure was destroyed by Allied bombing during WWII and rebuilt during the late 20th century as a memorial to the Jewish faith. Today the Moorish-style New Synagogue houses the Jewish Center (Centrum Juaicum), which depicts the story of the building and the people who worshipped there.

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial
Located just north of Berlin, Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp was once one of the Nazi regime’s harshest prison camps. Today Sachsenhausen is a museum and memorial to the thousands of people who lost their lives there, with a library, archive, and open-air exhibits.

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Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Walking Tour, Berlin, null
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Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 707 Reviews

Head north of Berlin for a tour into the past at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, one of the main concentration camps in Nazi Germany. While you explore the ...  Read more

Location: Berlin, Germany
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $19.79
Jewish Heritage Walking Tour of Berlin, Berlin, Walking Tours
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Jewish Heritage Walking Tour of Berlin

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Chart the twisting fortunes of Berlin’s Jews through the ages on this 4-hour walking tour. With a knowledgeable guide, explore the Jewish quarter to learn ...  Read more

Location: Berlin, Germany
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $16.30
Small-Group Half-Day Guided Jewish Berlin History Walking Tour, Berlin, Walking Tours
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Small-Group Half-Day Guided Jewish Berlin History Walking Tour

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Your focus for this 3-hour history tour will be the main sites of Berlin’s 19th and 20th century Jewish history and the districts of Spandauer Vorstadt and ...  Read more

Location: Berlin, Germany
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.00
Small-Group Hidden Berlin Walking Tour: Palace of Tears, Jewish Quarter, Museum Island and Back ... 
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Small-Group Hidden Berlin Walking Tour: Palace of Tears, Jewish Quarter, Museum Island and Back Streets

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Join this 4-hour walking tour of hidden Berlin and see why Claudia Schiffer said 'Berlin is like being abroad in Germany' on this revealing Berlin tour which ...  Read more

Location: Berlin, Germany
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.37
Private 3.5-Hour Berlin Walking Tour: The Jewish Tour of Berlin, Berlin, Cultural Tours
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Private 3.5-Hour Berlin Walking Tour: The Jewish Tour of Berlin

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Take a 3-hour walking tour in Berlin and see the major Jewish sites of Berlin, such as the new synagogue, Scheunenviertel und Hackesche Höfe, Jewish ...  Read more

Location: Berlin, Germany
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $209.55
Private Tour: Jewish Heritage Walking Tour of Berlin, Berlin, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Tour: Jewish Heritage Walking Tour of Berlin

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Trace the story of Berlin’s Jewish community on this private 4-hour walking tour. Accompanied by your own guide, head for Berlin’s Jewish quarter to discover ...  Read more

Location: Berlin, Germany
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.40
Private 3-Hour Jewish Heritage Walking Tour with a Local in Berlin, Berlin, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Private 3-Hour Jewish Heritage Walking Tour with a Local in Berlin

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Learn and explore the rich Jewish history of Berlin through its monuments, memorials and sights. Visit parts of the city where Jewish life used to blossom and ...  Read more

Location: Berlin, Germany
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $24.45
Private Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour: Reichstag, Brandenburger Gate, Pariser Platz, Tiergarten and ... 
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Private Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour: Reichstag, Brandenburger Gate, Pariser Platz, Tiergarten and Jewish Memorial

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Explore the Berlin city with this half-day private walking tour. The tour gives you a great overview of all main sights in the city center including: ...  Read more

Location: Berlin, Germany
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $419.11
Jewish Neighborhood, Berlin, City Tours
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Jewish Neighborhood

A charming part of the city with plenty of art galleries, courts and History. The Jewish Community has been an important part since the origin of ...  Read more

Location: Berlin, Germany
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $15.13
Private Guided Walking Tour of Jewish Berlin History, Berlin, Cultural Tours
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Private Guided Walking Tour of Jewish Berlin History

This private guided 3-hour history tour will be covering the main sites of Berlin’s 19th and 20th century Jewish history and the districts of Spandauer ...  Read more

Location: Berlin, Germany
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $390.00

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