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Museum marks Germans who defied Nazis

A new museum in Berlin will tell the stories of Germans who hid Jews from the Nazis.The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the “Silent Heroes” museum will open in 2008 in an old tenement near the city center. The building used to be a workshop for the blind where several Jews survived in a secret room, hidden by owner Otto Weidt.Multimedia exhibits will focus on the Germans and those they rescued.Some 350,000 German Jews were killed in the Holocaust but about 1,700 Jews survived in Berlin, hidden by 20,000 to 30,000 of their countrymen, historian Johannes Tuchel told the AP.”We can’t come up with a typical profile [of the rescuer]: Some were workers, some academics or devoted Christians; others helped spontaneously or for political reasons,” said Tuchel, head of the German Resistance Memorial Center, which is in charge of the museum.

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