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ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Back in Time with My WW II Pen Pal

Berlin, GermanyPart of Airbnb Online Experiences

Online experience hosted by Maria

2 hours
Up to 10 people. Private groups available for up to 30
Join from your computer, phone, or tablet
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Our virtual meetup in Berlin will bring us back in time, to the dramatic 1930s in Germany. I'll share my special, inspiring and quite unbelievable true story with you.

One of the best ways to learn about a period in history is through personal stories of people who witnessed that era. Our talk will give you this type of experience.

I'll tell you a story about a Jewish boy who once lived in the house where I live now in Berlin. He accidentally met Hitler, fled Nazi Germany, and was my pen-pal for a while before passing away. His life with its crazy coincidences could be a script for a movie, and I feel really blessed to be able to share his story with you.

I'll show you his letters to me, old photographs, his memoire, and tell you why a vintage typewriter traveled all the way from Berlin to New York, why is a tiny rose bush in my courtyard is so precious to me, and why it is so important to pay attention to little things around us.

In the first part of the session, I’ll tell you about the specifics of ''remembrance culture“ in Germany, and we'll have a discussion about it, recalling significant memorials, museums, history books/movies.

At the beginning, we’ll get to know each other a bit, and on the way, everybody is welcome to participate in discussions, sharing their thoughts and opinions on the subject. So, it‘s not just my storytelling, but also communication!
Other things to note
Feel free to request another time slot if you have a group of friends who are up to a private experience in English or in Russian, I‘ll do my best to make it work. But, pls, check the time difference to avoid confusion! I will really appreciate if you propose a time slot using BERLIN time! Thanks!
Our virtual meetup in Berlin will bring us back in time, to the dramatic 1930s in Germany. I'll share my special, inspiring and quite unbelievable true story with you.

One of the best ways to learn about a period in history is through personal stories of people who witnessed that era. Our talk will give you this type of experience.

I'll tell you a story about a Jewish boy who once lived in the house where I live now in Ber…

How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Use Zoom to participate on your desktop or mobile device. After you book you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
  • Book a private group
    Maria can host private groups of any size, up to 30 guests. Private group rates start at R1,880.
  • Request availability
    Can’t find a date that works? Maria can schedule and customize an experience based on your preferences.

What to bring

  • Keen interest in history
  • Desire to listen to a lot of stories (thought-provoking rather then fun and entertaining)
  • Desire to connect with other guests, listen to their thoughts and share your own opinions
  • Pls, keep in mind that this session might boring / uncomfortable for children
From R226
/ person
Sat, Nov 28
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)
R226 per person
R226 per person
Sun, Nov 29
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)
Join 1 other guest
R226 per person
R226 per person
Sun, Dec 6
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)
R226 per person
R226 per person

Meet your host, Maria

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 217 Reviews
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I am Maria, a passionate storyteller and a tour guide in Berlin. Throughout the years, I have been exploring the history and the unique spirit of this multifaceted, frenzied, and incredible city, I have discovered so many amazing stories, that at some point I realized I want to share them with people.

Working in PR and cultural journalism, I mastered the art of storytelling. Now, tour-guiding gives me a great opportunity to put these skills into practice.

Apart from showing visitors Berlin's hidden gems, I do translations, organize cultural events for kids and grownups, do yoga, and raise my two awesome sons.
I am Maria, a passionate storyteller and a tour guide in Berlin. Throughout the years, I have been exploring the history and the unique spirit of this multifaceted, frenzied, and incredible city, I have discovered so many amazing stories, that at some point I realized I want to share them with people.

Working in PR and cultural journalism, I mastered the art of storytelling. Now, tour-guiding gives me a great opportunity to put these skills into practice.

Apart from showi…
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Rated 4.90 out of 5 from 217 reviews.

Elissa
November 2020
My friends and I really enjoyed Maria's fascinating WWII pen pal presentation. She is an engaging and deeply knowledgeable storyteller, skilfully blending the personal and the historical. I was glad to be able to travel to Berlin virtually, and I hope that one day I can get an in-person tour from Maria.
My friends and I really enjoyed Maria's fascinating WWII pen pal presentation. She is an engaging and deeply knowledgeable storyteller, skilfully blending the personal and the hi…
Andreea
November 2020
Thank you, Maria, for taking your time to share this wonderful story with us. It feels like taking a step back in time, and being a witness to the events that happened.
Colleen
November 2020
Maria is a very welcoming and knowledgeable host and a great storyteller. We enjoyed discussing remembrance culture in Germany and learning about the Kuttner family and Maria's pen pal experience with Paul Kuttner.
Anne
November 2020
Our family really enjoyed the online experience with Maria. She is a fabulous story teller who beautifully told her incredible story while also offering historical information and insights into current day life in Berlin.
Cheryl
October 2020
Maria immersed us in her unique personal story with her pen pal. Her storytelling was captivating, thought provoking and intriguing. She showed us why Berlin is such a unique city filled with history not to be forgotten. We all enjoyed this excellent glimpse into life in Berlin now and in the past. A "must do" whether a virtual tour or "in person" tour. Five star!!
Maria immersed us in her unique personal story with her pen pal. Her storytelling was captivating, thought provoking and intriguing. She showed us why Berlin is such a unique city…
Johanna
October 2020
We contacted Maria for a private social event for her to tell some stories about Germany. She adapted very well to a last minute request and to a different format. She did a great job storytelling about currywurst and local beer to a global audience.
We contacted Maria for a private social event for her to tell some stories about Germany. She adapted very well to a last minute request and to a different format. She did a great…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email.