In an unassuming building off Rosenthaler Straße, brush manufacturer Otto Weidt ran his workshop for the blind, employing Jewish workers to protect them from deportation. He tried every means possible to save the most vulnerable in society from a horrendous fate, continually bribing and fooling the Gestapo, and even journeying to Auschwitz on the pretence of a sales call to locate one of his former workers. The museum is a poignant testament to his bravery, telling the story of those he was able to save, and those he sadly couldn’t.
Inside the workshop, visitors can view postcards sent from the Theresienstadt ghetto and the room where Weidt hid the ill-fated Horn family, as well as letters and photographs. The exhibition’s small size lends extra potency to the objects displayed and engages the viewer from start to finish.
Memorable talks are given which move beyond the information plaques (written in English, German and in brail) to provide insight into the plight and heroism of Weidt and his workers, adding great value to the visitor’s experience. Guided tours of the locality are also offered for a view of other places directly connected with the workshop, and the Anne Frank exhibition is just a few metres away.
Address: Rosenthaler Straße 39, First courtyard, entrance left, 10178 Berlin.
Transport: S-Hackescher Markt, U-Weinmeisterstraße
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 10am-8pm
Guided tours: Group tours by arrangement from 9am (030-285 99 407, firstname.lastname@example.org). Tours in English and French by arrangement.
Guided tours without advance booking on Sundays at 3pm.
Cost: Free admission.