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Berlin, Germany - Waxworks Hitler Back on Display

Published on: September 13, 2008 09:14 PM
By: Deutsche Welle
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To prevent further incidents, the Hitler figure has been placed behind a glass wallBerlin, Germany - A statue of Adolf Hitler was back on display at a Berlin waxworks on Saturday, two months after its head was wrenched off by an irate visitor.

The effigy of the Nazi dictator was seated behind a desk at Madame Tussaud’s, a popular tourist attraction on Berlin’s well-known Unter den Linden boulevard.

The controversial display was protected by a glass wall and security staff, unlike the original one which was completely open to visitors.

Madame Tussaud’s, a British company, defended its decision to persist with the display against widespread criticism from Germans, saying, “Hitler represents a decisive part of Berlin’s history which we can’t just pretend did not happen.”

A 41-year-old rest-home orderly wrenched the head off the figure on July 5, a few minutes after the waxworks opened for business in Germany.
The desk behind which Hitler sat was left unoccupied after the beheading while repairs to the figure were carried out.

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Many Germans were upset that Hitler was included in a commercial amusement close to the Holocaust Memorial and other memory sites.
 
Responding to warnings that it might become a site of pilgrimage for neo-Nazis, Tussauds depicted Hitler as a broken man in his bunker just before his 1945 defeat and death.
 
It is illegal in Germany to show Nazi symbols and art glorifying Hitler and the exhibit was cordoned off to stop visitors posing with him.
 
Camera surveillance and museum officials were meant to stop inappropriate behavior.
 
Signs nearby asked visitors to refrain from taking photos or posing with Hitler “out of respect for the millions of people who died during World War Two.”

 



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 Sep 13, 2008 at 09:24 PM Disgusting Says:

I cannot believe that anyone would stand guard to protect this abomination

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 Sep 13, 2008 at 09:39 PM Anonymous Says:

Another opportunity to be mekayem "Timche es zecher Amoleik .. Lo Tishkoch"

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 Sep 13, 2008 at 10:41 PM r' yid Says:

yemach shmoi v'zichroi! we will never forget! never!

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 Sep 13, 2008 at 10:34 PM mikey Says:

People should protest and block entry to this establishment until the display is removed and replaced with a historic description of the horrors and death caused by this maniac and his Nazi followers - who in the form of Islamic fundamentalists continue.

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 Sep 13, 2008 at 11:22 PM Aaron Says:

Despite being Jewish, I support the further display of this statue.

It is an important part of the history of both our people and the world, and prohibiting his image from being shown only goes further to forgetting.

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 Sep 13, 2008 at 11:27 PM Anonymous Says:

thay should also post a wax figure of the man who shot Kennedy

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 Sep 13, 2008 at 11:52 PM Anonymous Says:

did whoever break the head think that he was causing a bigger chillul hashem than being mekaim mitzvas mechias amulek. besides for the fact we dont know who is amalek there is the fact that mitzvah haba biaveira is yotzo schuro bihefseido so what is the point?

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 Sep 14, 2008 at 01:20 AM TRS Says:

11:52-Did you ever realize that the person who broke the head did not cause any Chilul Hashem, since he's not Jewish? I mean sure, brilliant Halachic argument, but get the facts right first, buddy.

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 Sep 14, 2008 at 01:26 AM Disgusting Says: Says:

Aaron Says:
Despite being Jewish, I support the further display of this statue.


Do support the creation of this statue!!! lets see them try to do one of osama, you think that will go over big??? Someone spent hours creating this POS!!! Now they are protecting it behind glass wall and security staff!!! Are you freakin kidding me??? The entire Arab world is protecting this man's legacy and you are saying that Hitler should be a piece of art in a museum!!!

get your priorities straight, this is nothing more than a display of indifference to what happened to our people!!!

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 Sep 14, 2008 at 01:41 AM yaakov shmiel nechemia favish Says:

what a disgusting man he is...

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 Sep 14, 2008 at 07:46 AM Anonymous Says:

R Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld once refused to meet the Kaiser of Germany when he came for a visit to Palestine in the 20's. He said the Germans have an engrained hate for Jews.

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 Sep 14, 2008 at 08:00 AM disgusting Says:

my grandparents visited in 42(aparently not getting the memo) & completly concur w/ r' sonnenfelds asertation.

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 Sep 14, 2008 at 10:30 AM common sense Says:

IF YOU MUST SHOW A STATUE OF YIMACH SHEMO BECAUSE OF "HISTORY", SO WHY DON'T YOU SHOW A STATUE OF HIM DEAD IN A COFFIN !!!!!!

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 Sep 14, 2008 at 02:37 PM TRS Says:

Common Sense: That wouldn't be historical, as he was never in a coffin.

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 Sep 14, 2008 at 03:05 PM murray Says:

They need to have Eichman and other "high ranking Nazis as well........including hanging from a rope, or bullets in their heads.

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 Sep 14, 2008 at 03:17 PM Anonymous Says:

what a waste of moey having it in the museam if they have to have so much security dont they realize people dont want it there

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 Sep 14, 2008 at 11:45 PM Anonymous Says:

IT'S AN AVARAH TO LOOK UPON EVIL FIGURES LIKE THIS. PLEASE DO NOT SHOW HIS IMAGE.

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 Sep 15, 2008 at 04:50 AM Matzahlocal101 Says:

11:45 is correct. Assur lihistakal bdmus adom rasha.

As far the story in Palestine goes, I don't remember whether it was Reb Yoseph Chaim or the Maharil Diskin who did not go out to greet the Kaiser, saying "we have a kabala from the GR"A that Germany is Amalek.

That aside, if the figure is wax and you stuck a wick in his head, how long would it take...

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