Museum Blindenwerkstatt Otto Weidt

The museum shows the history of Otto Weidt. During World War II, visually impaired broom and brush maker Otto Weidt employed many Jews in his workshop at Rosenthaler 39.
Museum Blindenwerkstatt Otto Weidt
© Museum Blindenwerkstatt Otto Weidt

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.

Address: Museum Blindenwerkstatt Otto Weidt
Rosenthaler Straße 39
10178 Berlin
Phone: 030 28 59 94 07
Opening Hours: Mon–Sun 10–20
Admission Fee: Admission free
Guided Tours: Guided tours by arrangement (phone: 030 28 59 94 07)

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Last edited: 28. February 2017

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