Museum Blindenwerkstatt Otto Weidt

Museum Blindenwerkstatt Otto Weidt

The museum tells the story of Otto Weidt. During World War II, visually impaired broom and brush maker Otto Weidt employed many Jews in his workshop at Rosenthaler Straße 39.

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  • Museum Blindenwerkstatt Otto Weidt© Museum Blindenwerkstatt Otto Weidt

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As tensions in the country grew, Weidt endeavoured to protect his mostly blind and deaf employees from persecution and deportation, bribing the Gestapo, falsifying documents, and eventually hiding a family behind a backless cupboard in one room of his shop.

This museum to a citizen-hero is administered by the German Resistance Memorial Centre Foundation, and was developed out of a student project; it tells Weidt’s story with archival photos and interviews with some of those he saved. With advance booking, tours are available free of charge in English, French, Italian, Spanish and Turkish.

Also at this location are the Anne Frank Center, and the Foundation’s Silent Heroes Memorial Center, opened in 2008, which commemorates Germans who helped Jews during National Socialism. The museum is located in the bustling Hackescher Markt neighborhood not far from Alexanderplatz. Admission is free.

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Address
Rosenthaler Straße 39
10178 Berlin
Phone
+49 30 285 994 07
Internet
www.museum-blindenwerkstatt.de
Opening Hours
Mon–Sun 10–20
Colsed on December 24.
Admission Fee
Admission free
Guided Tours
Public tours at 3 p.m. every sunday (free of charge)

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| Last edited: 6. March 2020