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.