History is not just about what's true. Our past is made of endless things that truly happened, but that does not make them history.
For the historian, just like for the tourist, the important question is: What is important?
- This is what guides us as guides.
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My name is Yoav Sapir and I'm a professional, authorized tour guide in Berlin (as well as a journalist, lecturer and translator). Originally from Israel, I've been working in Berlin for more than a decade. After studying at the universities of Jerusalem, Vienna and Berlin, I hold a master's degree in German-Jewish history. If you want to know more about my personal and academic background, take a look here.
I share this passion and profession with my wife Natalie, a history student (you can read more about her here). On our website, you'll find information not just about our tours, but also about planning your time in Berlin, with great tips for your vacation: If you're using a computer, just have a look at the menu on the left; visitors using mobile devices need to touch the door-like icon in the bottom left corner of our picture above.
As history guides, we wish to help you to unravel the Berlin complex. During the 20th century, this city has witnessed seven totally different political systems, making it an explosive set of contradictions: Monarchy, anarchy, democracy, dictatorship and foreign occupation, capitalism and communism colliding in one city. And on top of all that, there's Jewish Berlin.
Because of my heritage, my main focus lies on Berlin's Jewish history - perhaps I should say "Berlin's Jewish histories", in the plural, as there were many of them. But as you know, that richness of spirit and intellect was violently destroyed by the Nazis. To a great extent, therefore, the Jewish story of Berlin has to do with the Holocaust. There is actually no other city in the world that offers more Holocaust memorials than Berlin. Natalie and I would be honored to take you on a meaningful journey, unfolding these stories with you. Our history tours are not just about seeing the sights, but also about understanding them.
For your convenience, we wrote an overview of our repertoire, describing the special aspects of each tour; you'll find here various tour suggestions, which we can accommodate to suit your personal needs and interests. In case you're coming with a cruise ship and have only one day in Berlin, we also provide all the relevant information about shore excursions to Berlin.
We'd be happy to help you in your planning, so you could make the most out of your time in our fascinating city: You can find information about Kosher food in Berlin and about Berlin's synagogues as well as many other ideas for your stay in Berlin.
Guiding tours in Berlin is my profession, but not just. To me, professionalism means having a certain philosophy behind what you're doing and knowing what you're doing it for. You can read about my guiding philosophy here.
Last but not least, you'll also find here concise answers to frequently asked questions about my tours, an abbreviated history of Berlin in the 20th century as well as some interesting facts and figures about today's Berlin, to help you understand better the city you're planning to visit.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us - we're happy to assist:
Our email address is info@BerlinJewish.com
Yoav's mobile phone number is +49-178-196-2147
Natalie's mobile phone number is +49-175-410-3616
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Imprint: German law requires me to publish here a postal address, though not necessarily my private address. Because of my public profile in Germany, and after having received numerous anti-Semitic phone calls, I cannot take the risk of exposing my private residence. Therefore, I hereby declare that anyone, specifically foes, can reach me via normal mail by addressing their hate letters, bombs etc. to Yoav Sapir, c/o Kühnemann, Liegnitzer Str. 19, 10999 Berlin. Friends can contact me directly. German law also requires me to put a disclaimer saying that I am not responsible for the contents of external links, which I hereby do. This sounds funny, I know, but German law isn't funny. Trust me on that (I could actually get sued if I wouldn't put this imprint here). So there it is. I hope you enjoyed it. If you have any questions about it, feel free to write me an e-mail.