French nationality and originally from the Lille region, I moved to Berlin with my family in 2011. I now have the chance to work as a guide-lecturer in many museums and memorials in and around Berlin. I continued studies in human sciences until obtaining a doctorate in History.
I devote myself to the transmission of memories of the 20th century, observing that "memory" is not "history". The notion of "duty of memory" seems outdated to me, I prefer to evoke the "freedom to remember" in parallel to the "duty of education", in particular at school. My conception of memory was influenced by the works of artists Claude Lanzmann and Christian Boltanski. From a historiographical point of view, I attach great importance to the academic work of historians such as Robert O. Paxton and Pierre Nora.
The transmission of memory being above all a question of adaptation, I endeavor to make the definitions accessible to all. If the presentations are of an academic nature, their light forms in the speech make it possible to spend a pleasant cultural moment.
A few words about me
Very well organized and exciting tour, we didn't see the time go by. Julien, the guide, attentive with the participants (in particular with our elderly parents), led his visit smoothly by developing our critical mind thanks to his commitment and his teaching on the memory work undertaken by the city of Berlin on the crimes committed by the Nazis during the war. Julien will remain one of the best passers of history that we have met.
Anonymous, guided tour of Nazism and the Jewish community, 2019
I realize today that without these 3 hours I would not have understood anything about the history of this wall ... nor about the Berlin of yesterday and today. Julien insisted on the meaning of memory more than that of history and indeed it is essential. Passionate about listening and wanting to share with us his knowledge available pedagogue making his explanations alive, he encouraged us to take a personal approach of reflection in front of the facts of this page of history difficult to imagine and understand. Thank you Julien for not treating us like tourists but like people eager for knowledge. It was a real pleasure.
Catherine, guided tour of East Berlin, 2017
Our guide Julien was fantastic, it takes a lot of passion and knowledge to bring a memorial visit to life like he did. It was both informative and empowering, I walked in assuming I knew what to expect, but left with a very different perspective and it's all thanks to Julien. I would highly recommend
Henry, guided tour of the Sachsenhausen Memorial, 2017
Julien makes us discover Berlin by breaking the ready-made images, giving us his opinion, and inviting us to forge our own. There should be more intellectuals, like Julien, who undoubtedly have immense knowledge, and who manage to popularize it to us with humor, passion and love for his city.
Jean-Marc, Les Classiques guided tour in Mitte, 2016