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Otto Weidt

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In Berlin of the 1940s, the Nazis began to systematically exterminate Jewish citizens, and non-Jews were forced to help. But in spite of the fear, some resisted; among them was Otto Weidt.

Otto was an elderly man who manufactured brooms and brushes. His employees were all Jewish—and blind. When the Nazis took them, Otto demanded them back for work. When they were taken again, he traveled to Auschwitz to help. He also hid Jews behind a false wall in his workroom. Today that workroom is a museum.

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. When trouble came, Otto Weidt never distinguished his business from his responsibility to others—a beautiful illustration of the high calling of our daily work.

Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

(1 John 3:18)

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