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Museum Blindenwerkstatt Otto Weidt

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Address: Rosenthaler Strasse 39, 10178 Berlin, Germany
Phone Number: +49-(0)30- 28 59 94 07
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A touch of humanity

This was a location unknownn to me. It showed how someone with a good heart could have and did, for a time anyway, fight against the system. The workshop is not a re creation but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 NEW

This was a location unknownn to me. It showed how someone with a good heart could have and did, for a time anyway, fight against the system. The workshop is not a re creation but a real place where the blind were allowed to work protected by a good man.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Our guide took us to this museum, hidden in an arty alley in the Jewish sector of Berlin. What a heartwarming wonderful story inside. Otto Weidt ran a brush factory here employing mostly blind or incapacitated Jewish people. He protected them and bribed the Gestapo with his brushes, even trying to sell his brushes in the concentration camps for cleaning... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

This museum should be as vital to visit as any of the other holocaust memorials. It's about real people not things. The impact is huge and lasting. It's a MUST.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

We stumbled on this little but important museum. It is in a colourful side square in the Hackescher Markt- Shopping Area. The area is vibrant and alive with freedon and life. Then inside a little door is a very powerful story of Otto Weidt and his wife, Germans who saved and sheltered dozens of Jews. He deliberately employed Jews and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

It's a nice small museum which tells a beautiful story about morals and kindness - everyone should really learn something from this man. Everything in the Museum is written in both German and English, despite its small size. Helpful staff and nice people visiting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

The wartime workshop of brush manufacturer who managed to save many of his disabled and Jewish employees from deportation to the deathcamps. I loved the human stories - how he sold brushes to the Wehrmacht in order to be registered as a supplier of goods essential to the war effort; a trip to a camp to save a worker; the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

it is a small factory space in an apartment building adjacent to the Hackesche Hofe trendy compound. So most probably you'll be a minute walk from there when you visit Berlin, no excuse to miss it (and it is free of charge, and suitable to all ages and has an elevator as well). It tells the story of Otto Weidt... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We all know about Oskar Schindler, but what of Otto Weidt? A fascinating tale is told at this 'low key' museum which is where his business ran. There's tragedy as well as triumph, but the over riding feeling is one of gratuitude and immense respect for what this brave man did.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

This is a wonderful story about a man who tried to save many Jews under the guise of business. Many were blind and some weren't. He fell in love with one of the women, and you must hear the story of what he did to try to save her. This is located off the alley and it's kind of hidden.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

This was definitely a nice surprise on a tour of the Alternative culture of Berlin. Right in the middle of the backyards and a former squat, this museum is Schindler-esque in several ways. Free entrance. Next to a cool community of artists and intellectuals. Very cool story.

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The center of Berlin, Mitte is most famous for sights like the Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz, and Museum Island. The central location makes this one of the city's most expensive places to live. It is here the oldest traces of the city can be found, and evidence of some significant transformations, as well. The gangsters that once ruled the impoverished streets between Alexanderplatz and Hackescher Markt have given way to an international crowd pursuing fashionable designer clothes, the newest food trends and frequenting the many craft shops. Graphic designers have taken up residence in what used to be backyard barns and stables. There are still vestiges of the old days, however. The occasional housing complex is a reminder of the neighborhood’s past. And if you look carefully, an old 1920s ball house nestled amongst the art galleries and exhibitions of Auguststrasse can still teach you how to dance the old fashioned way.
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