The Holocaust and the deportation of the Jewish people to the extermination camps is the darkest chapter in German if not world history. Berlin was at the centre of the deportations from Germany because with 170 000 Jewish citizens it had the largest Jewish population in the country. As the transports were to be conducted by trains the Nazis dedicated three train stations to carry out the task of which Grunewald station where the memorial platform 17 is located was one of. The first transport with 500 people left here on the 18th of October 1941 to the Ghetto in Lodz and many would follow. Every single one is commemorated here with the date, the number of people and the destination. Take a walk with me through the station, along the platform and its surrounding parts commemorating the people who had to leave from here never to return.
Arja has worked for over 13 years as a full-time tour guide in Berlin and all around Europe. She is a studied historian and passionate about all the big and small stories surrounding this beautiful city she calls home. Born and raised in Northwestern Germany, she came to Berlin after finishing university in Hamburg with a Masters degree in history and American literature and having traveled the world for 4 years. With her family roots in the city, she always felt drawn to the multitude of layers of life you can find in Berlin starting with her own family story. Telling stories is what she loves and meeting people from all over the world is the next best thing to traveling the world herself.
Arja has been guiding since Mar 2007
Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Berlin with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and amazing guide.
The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Berlin. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!
While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.
We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.
Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.
Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.
For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.
18 February 2021
Hugely impressive tour by Arja today on this very sensitive topic in Berlin. Not only did this show me something I had never seen there (despite going many times through Grunewald station), but the way she told the story was truly brilliant. I will definitely go there and pay my respects when next in Berlin. Arja is a great tour leader for Virtual Trips x
17 February 2021
What an interesting tour. I learned so much. Thank you so much for taking the time to bring us on these informative trips.
16 February 2021
15 February 2021
Really interesting and heartfelt, a definite insight to what happened and possible reasons why.
15 February 2021
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