I have always believed that history is interesting and - what is more important - not something from the past but something relevant for today and tomorrow. When you look at history, it is not the "who" and "when" that matters but the "why". Seema's "Psychology writes History" tours just fit the bill. Don't get me wrong: She also knows her names and numbers but she is really great in digging much deeper and make you understand how things came into existence in the first place and what tools the key players applied to make them happen. I pride myself with a good knowledge of European history. But with Seema, I found answers to these questions I had always asked myself but also those I had known to even exist in my head. Truly magical!
Did a really wonderful tour in Dresden a few days ago; one of the best tours I ever did! I combined two tours by guide Seema: ‘Psychology writes history’ part ! and part II. The tours are about the rise and fall of the Nazi regime (part I) and the rise/fall of the Communists (part II), two periods in Dresden’s recent history that are of critical importance. There are more tours offering information about this. But what makes the Seema tours special is the psychological perspective. She is a psychologist herself and knows a lot about e.g. what drives people, how people can be influenced, and personality disorders. So if you are wondering how Adolf Hitler grew up and became the person we all hate so much now, how it is possible that he got elected (in a free election) to lead the country, how the regime very systematically started to eliminate all opposition, how the regime suppressed and humiliated people who were different, what explains the hatred towards jews/Roma’s/communists/gays, how Hitler and Goebbels influenced in mass speeches various audiences in a highly sophisticated and successful way, then this tour is for you! The guide is highly knowledgeable, brings the right level of nuance, and puts things into perspective. She feels comfortable with interaction and discussion, which makes it even more interesting. I am not a novice on the subject, but must say that this tour tremendously increased my understanding for what happened here. My tour took 5.5 hours, and I did not get distracted or bored for one single second! The visit to the Stasi prison and interrogation rooms at the end of the tour is something that I will not easily forget either. Top marks for Seema! I can highly recommend her.