A BLIND HERO: THE LOVE OF OTTO WEIDT
Date: Thursday, November 12
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Ritz East
Premiere Status: Philadelphia Premiere
Director: Kai Christiansen
Running Time: 90 min
Language: German with English Subtitles
A powerful and moving docudrama, A BLIND HERO: THE LOVE OF OTTO WEIDT is based on the true story of Otto Weidt, a middle-aged German broom industry magnate who used his factory to save the lives of dozens of Berlin Jews from the Gestapo. Willing to work the system no matter how dangerous the stakes, Weidt bribed Gestapo agents with cigars, perfume, and other hard-to-find items in exchange for allowing his employees refuge in his factory. In 1943, when Berlin was decreed to be “Jew-free,” Weidt made one last attempt to hide his remaining employees (most of whom, like him, were blind). While he was unable to save them all, he continued his heroic efforts throughout the Nazi occupation and later established an orphanage for survivors of the concentration camps.
Based largely on the memories and eyewitness account of his young secretary, Inge Deutschkron, the acclaimed German-Jewish writer whom Weidt helped survive the roundup, as well as through the correspondence of his paramour, Alice Licht, with Yad Vashem, A BLIND HERO: THE LOVE OF OTTO WEIDT is a poignant testament to the Talmudic notion that he who saves one life is considered to have saved the entire world.
Sponsors: Janet and Howard Pack and Nancy and Stuart Weiss
Special Event: Post-film Happy Hour at Positano Coast (212 Walnut Street, 2nd floor) with complimentary appetizers and drink specials
Community Partner: Holocaust Remembrance Foundation