My name is Jim and I arrived in Berlin from the University of Minnesota in 2005 to complete my bachelor’s degrees in German History and German Studies and to use the research facilities at Berlin’s Freie Universität to write my thesis on the rise of Nazism after World War I. Upon finishing my studies, I decided to stay in Berlin and have been guiding full-time in Berlin, Potsdam, and Dresden since 2007.
Over the years, I’ve worked with several reputable companies from not just Berlin, but all across Europe, leading various private tours for groups large and small. I’m a licensed guide at the Cecilienhof Palace in Potsdam, where President Harry S. Truman, Soviet Dictator Joseph Stalin, and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (and later Clement Attlee) attended the Potsdam Conference from July 17 – August 2, 1945. I regularly take my guests on an exclusive tour in and around the palace, which many historians consider to be the site where the Cold War was ushered in after WWII.
I’m also a founding member of the Bündnis Berliner Stadtführer e.V. (Berlin Guides Association – BBS) and have served on the Board of Directors in various capacities over the years. I hope that my extensive knowledge in German history and easy going Midwest manner will make your tour with me an enjoyable experience!
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