Live Virtual Tour: Berlin's Jewish Quarter with Dr. Finn Ballard

Live Virtual Tour: Berlin's Jewish Quarter with Dr. Finn Ballard


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On this virtual tour, live from the former 'ghetto' in central Berlin, we will explore 400 years of Jewish history in the German capital. This video-camera-led virtual tour will use high-definition broadcasting, image stabilization, and wind-proof audio technology to ensure participants the best possible immersive experience.

We'll walk together from the last remaining foundations of Berlin's Old Synagogue to the stunning New Synagogue, completed in 1866, with its golden domes making it one of the most remarkable features of the city's skyline. Along the way, we will stand upon the location of the Women's Protest of 1943, the only mass demonstration against the Nazis after Hitler's assumption of the title of 'Fuehrer,' whereby 'Aryan' women successfully protested for the freedom of their Jewish husbands.

We will traverse the winding and narrow streets of the former 'ghetto,' once packed with tailor's shops, laundries, and kosher stores (now one of Berlin's hippest and most gentrified neighborhoods). We will see the Jewish Boys' and Girls' Schools, numerous 'stumble stone' memorials to Holocaust victims and the very visible traces of war upon bullet-ridden buildings. We will talk about remarkable Berliners including Gad Beck, a gay hero of the city's Jewish resistance; Regina Jonas, Europe's first ordained female rabbi; and the blind factory-owner Otto Weidt, sometimes called 'Berlin's Schindler.'

Led by an expert on Berlin history, Dr. Finn Ballard, this interactive seminar will enrich our awareness of Berlin's Jewish history. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a profound understanding of the incredible tenacity of the Berliner Jews.

Finn grew up in Northern Ireland before moving to England to study and later teach in the department of Film and Literature at the University of Warwick. He completed his doctoral study on German folklore and popular cinema in 2012, and has published extensively in the fields of Film Studies and Gender Studies. Since 2008, he has been living and guiding in Berlin. He now works as a historical advisor for television and film productions set in Berlin, particularly during the Weimar era or Third Reich. He is a journalist for the 'Siegessauele', Europe's foremost Queer magazine, and organises events at Berlin's English-language bookstore 'Another Country'.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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