Berlin Exhibition Honors Little-Known Nazi Opponent

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A new exhibition at a Berlin museum -- a former brush factory run by a German entrepreneur during the Nazi era -- throws light on a network of people who tried to save Jews from deportation to Hitler's death camps.

Tucked away in a backyard in Berlin's downtown Mitte district amid art galleries, cinemas and bars, the museum "Blindenwerkstatt Otto Weidt" is a former brush workshop run by German entrepreneur Otto Weidt in the 1940s.

Wedt hired Jewish workers -- among them blind and disabled employees -- in order to save them from deportation to Nazi death camps.

Since 1999, the museum has been home to a documentary show of the factory's history. This week, the opening of a new permanent exhibition adds further details about factory owner Weidt and his string of friends and helpers who rallied to hire Jews and even hide some of them in the workshop rooms to save them from the Nazis.

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Randll Reese Besch - 5/19/2007

In these times,such a story of quiet heroism in the depths of an abysmal dictatorship, is heartening.
We need to take note.