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Madame Tussauds Defends Its Plan For Wax Hitler Statue In Berlin

Madame Tussauds is defending its decision to include a wax likeness of Adolf Hitler at its new Berlin museum, arguing that it doesn't make any sense to ignore his role in German history.

In a statement, the museum said Hitler's rule "stands for an important, though also appalling, turning point in the development of modern Europe. To ignore Hitler's role in this era would allow a strange gap to develop in the German and Berlin history that we show from chancellor Otto von Bismarck to the present day."

Madame Tussauds in Berlin, which opens on June 9, will feature many prominent Germans, including current Chancellor Angela Merkel and scientist Albert Einstein, who left Germany shortly before Hitler took power in 1933.

The museum said its market research showed that visitors expected to find Hitler at the new branch and stressed its statue would consider "possible sensitivities" and be "far from any glorification."

Other sources report that the display will be behind glass, to avoid being touched by visitors, and it will be constantly monitored by video cameras to keep it safe from vandals.

While this may good for the museum, it definitely sounds like more security will be needed to protect the statue from vandals or the situation could end up being a mess.

June 4, 2008 |

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