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Otto Weidt's Workshop for the blind

 

Following comprehensive renovation and restoration works, ‘Otto Wiedt’s workshop for the blind’ reopened in December 2006.  The museum is run by the German Resistance Memorial Centre and is situated in the Hackescher Markt district of Berlin.  The permanent exhibition was compiled by students and was supported by Inge Deutschkron herself a surviving protégée of Otto Weidt's.

 

The room in which Weidt hid the Horn family in 1944 remains in its original state and can be visited as part of the exhibition.

 

Otto Weidt saved several Berlin Jews from persecution and deportation during the National Socialist period by employing them in his brush making workshop, which was declared strategic to war efforts. The ‘Otto Weidt Museum Workshop for the Blind’ commemorates the small entrepreneur and the fate of the Jews whose deportation he could either delay or prevent entirely.

 

Otto Weidt died in December 1947, at the age of 64. The Israeli Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem honoured him with the title of the ‘Righteous among the Nations’ in 1971.
 
In the same square is the Anne Frank centre and the Silent Heroes Memorial Centre
 
 
 
Otto Wiedt's workshop for the blind
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