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Failed Rescue Attempts

Not all those whom Otto Weidt helped and for whom he organized hiding places managed to survive their time living “illegally”. Some were discovered by the Gestapo, deported from Berlin, and murdered.

Erich and Elsbeth Frey began by hiding in the basement of the Workshop for the Blind at Rosenthaler Straße 39. The Gestapo arrested them in their hiding place at Bundesratufer 4 in Berlin-Tiergarten in April 1944 and they were deported and later murdered in Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp.

When the Horn family feared they would soon be deported in early 1943, Otto Weidt let them hide in the last room of his workshop, which had no windows. The door was concealed behind a wardrobe. In October 1943 they were arrested in the Workshop for the Blind, deported, and later murdered in Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp.


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