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A wax Hitler at Berlin Tussauds

June 04, 2008|From the Associated Press

BERLIN -- Madame Tussauds on Tuesday defended its decision to include a wax likeness of Adolf Hitler at its new Berlin museum, arguing that it would make little sense to ignore his role in German history.

Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit had urged the museum to carefully consider whether to include Hitler and, if it does, to ensure that he not be shown as a "cult figure."

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 [19th century Chancellor Otto von] Bismarck to the present day," the museum added, stressing that Madame Tussauds is "nonpolitical."

Madame Tussauds Berlin opens Monday.

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