Episode 08: Museum Otto Weidt’s Workshop for the Blind

otto weidt

Location:

Rosenthaler Str. 39, 10178 Berlin

Facts:

  • Open from 10:00 to 20:00 everyday
  • Free of charge

Otto Weidt was a total badass. He grew up in Rostock and was the son of a wallpaper hanger. He had learned his father’s trade when his family moved to Berlin.

He was a badass, but a bad ass pacifist. That is why he ran away from military service during the First World War. When he became almost completely blind, he decided to get to the business of making brushes and opened his first workshop in 1936.

Being a pacifist badass, Otto was against the Nazi regime. So he started to hire Jewish employees. He would not only employ them, but get them food, shelter and hiding places. He would bribe Gestapo officers for them. He built a hidden room in his workshop for one of his Jewish employees’ family. And let us remember that this man was almost completely blind.

His work helping people never stopped. After the war, he managed to establish a home for Jewish children and elderly people. That is what this guy did until the day that he dies: helped others.

As a badass, he also had a badass wife and friends that would help him help others. He built a whole network of helpers. You can learn more about this at our today’s talk and even more at his super cool and free museum in Berlin.

For more, listen to our cool short talk:

Photo and episode: Roberta Caldas

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