Visitor tears head off Hitler wax statue

July 5th, 2008 - 4:58 pm ICT by IANS  

Berlin, July 5 (DPA) A man tore the head off a wax statue of Adolf Hitler in Berlin Saturday, minutes after the new branch of the Madame Tussauds wax-work museum chain opened for the first time to the public. German police said the man, 41, was detained.

The decision by London-based Madame Tussauds, part of the Merlin Entertainments company, to include Hitler in the 75-figure museum has roused fierce passions in the German capital.

Responding to suggestions 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.

The Saturday opening was extensively reported in the German media.

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