ABOUT THE TOUR LEADERS

 

Marc Voss is the founder and executive director of the Regimes Museum. He received a double Bachelor's while simultaneously completing his Master's at the University of California, Los Angeles. He continued his studies pursuing an interdisciplinary Doctorate degree in history at the Carl von Ossietsky Universität Oldenburg, Germany. Today, he works as a professor, historical consultant, and author, as well as giving talks and interviews. He has published several books and curated exhibitions on National Socialism, the Holocaust, East Germany, and the Cold War.

Heather Moore is a musicologist and educator who specializes in the intersection of music and politics in the twentieth century. Her particular interests within this area include the music of East Germany and the Soviet Bloc countries, as well as the impact of political events on popular music. Ms. Moore completed a Master of Arts in Music History & Literature at California State University, Fullerton, and holds additional degrees in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy. She is currently pursuing a Ph. D. in Historical Musicology at the University of Southern California. Beyond this, she serves as the President of the Board and Project Coordinator of the Regimes Museum, and has published articles, curated exhibitions, and given lectures on twentieth-century politics and music.

Todd Anton is a historian, public school teacher for 30 years, author of five books, and has been a film consultant on movies, TV, and radio. Fox Sports, ESPN, Yahoo, and various Cold War podcasts have sought Anton's services. Anton holds a BA in History from CSULB and a Master's in WWII Studies from the American Military University. Anton served on the Board of Trustees for the National WWII Museum founded by Dr. Stephen E. Ambrose for four years and currently serves on the Board for the Regimes Museum, as well as teaching hundreds of beloved middle schoolers. In June/July 1987, Anton was arrested while on a day tour in East Berlin and held/interrogated by the infamous border guards (Grenztruppen der DDR) and secret police (Stasi). Anton has firsthand knowledge of the fear and oppression which was the GDR. To hear Todd's story, click here.

Jamie Anton earned her bachelor's degree in history from California State University, San Bernardino. Anton has a passion for ancient history, especially for the Egyptian, Greek, and Roman cultures. These societies are featured in various venues at Berlin's renowned Museum Island. Additionally, her shared passion for German history with her father, Todd Anton, continues the historical and academic tradition of the Anton family.

 

RECOMMENDED VIEWING

 

If you can't wait to experience Berlin firsthand, here are some movies to hold you over! These were carefully selected by our tour leaders, and will prepare you for some of the incredible sights we will see on the tour.

 

Babylon Berlin (2017) - Gereon Rath, a young police inspector from Cologne, is transferred to Berlin in order to solve a criminal case - a porno ring run by the Berlin Mafia. What at first glance appears to be simply a matter of extortion soon reveals itself to be a scandal that will forever change the lives of both Gereon and his closest associates. (IMDb)

Balloon (2018) - East Germany, 1979. After initially failing to flee from the East to the West in a self-built hot-air balloon, two families struggle to make a second attempt, while the East German State Police are chasing them. (IMDb)

Bornholmer Strasse (2014) - A comic look at the fall of the Berlin Wall in November of 1989, told from the point of view of the German border guards at the checkpoint where it all started. (IMDb)

Bridge of Spies (2015) - During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers. (IMDb)

Cabaret (1972) - A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them. (IMDb)

Good Bye Lenin! (2003) - In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared. (IMDb)

The Lives of Others (2006) - In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives. (IMDb)

Max (2002) - A film studying the depiction of a friendship between an art dealer named Rothman and his student, Adolf Hitler. (IMDb)

Valkyrie (2008) - A dramatization of the July 20, 1944 assassination and political coup plot by desperate renegade German Army officers against Adolf Hitler during World War II. (IMDb)