Susan Grouchy – Berlin Tour Guide

Susan Grouchy - Berlin Guides AssociationI am originally from Toronto, Canada and have been living in Berlin since 2015. I was supposed to be here for only six months but I fell in love with this city and now I am lucky to call Berlin my home. Don’t be fooled by my name, I am not an angry person, its just French!

I have a Master’s degree in Classical Archaeology from the University of Western Ontario and have excavated as an archaeologist in Italy, Turkey, Greece, Germany and Canada. When I moved to Berlin, I traded ancient artifacts with World War Two rubble and embarked on a second Master’s degree which I gained in UNESCO World Heritage Studies. During this degree I spent four months in Cairo, Egypt specializing in heritage conservation and site management and gained an internship in Nuremberg, working on the city’s bid for the European Capital of Culture 2025. However, Berlin keeps calling me back and I finished my second thesis here, writing about memorials and memory in Berlin and Germany, specifically looking at memorials in Sachsenhausen.

I am passionate about heritage, historical interpretation and the never ending debate about who remembers what and why, and whether Berlin needs more memorials. I would love to be your guide and share my enthusiasm and knowledge with you about this fantastic city.

 

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