Scheunenviertel (German: "Barn Quarter") refers to a neighborhood of Mitte in the centre of Berlin. It is situated to the north of the medievalAltberlin area, east of the Rosenthaler Straße and Hackescher Markt. Until the Second World War it was regarded as a slum district and had a substantial Jewish population with a high proportion of migrants from Eastern Europe.
Prior to World War I, the Berlin City Council (Magistrat) redeveloped parts of the area. Since then the core of the neighborhood is the triangular Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, former Bülowplatz, where on 9 August 1931 the Communist and later Stasi Executive Erich Mielke shot two police officers. Mielke fled to Moscow shortly afterwards and did not face trial for the murders until 1992.
Note that Scheunenviertel is often mistakenly used as a synonym for Berlin's Jewish quarter. Jewish cultural and commercial life was however centred on the neighbouring Spandauer Vorstadt, where the New Synagogue and other Jewish establishments are located.
Museum of Otto Weidt's Workshop. Located inside the workshop of Otto Weidt, the owner who employed deaf and blind Jews while World War II was going on. His employees have been protected from deportation thanks him. He provided them with false ID, hiding although Jewish families in his studio. The atelier can be visited as well as historical documents and letters.