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June 5, 2008

Adolph Hitler Immortalized At Madame Tussuad`s?

We all know who Adolph Hitler is and what he did to the world in the late 1930’s and 40’s. He was the most vicious man to possess political power in the Twentieth Century and the weight of his crimes against humanity still shock and disturb human kind. The Nazi regime was so pungent and evil that even though many former Nazi’s that escaped prosecution would be in the 80’s and 90’s now, they are still hunted and if they are found, they will be prosecuted. Adolph Hitler is one of the most infamous humans in modern history. So why would we want to immortalize him with a wax replica and set his likeness next to people, such as Albert Einstein, a person that Hitler would have slaughtered if he had the chance?

We should never forget the good or the bad because forgetfulness is how we repeat things. However, is a likeness of Adolph Hitler really something that the world needs? We have people that carry o his legacy of hate and ignorance everyday. Young people born long after the demise of Hitler and the Nazi’s live by his principles and believe that he was correct in his desire to exterminate entire races of people. We don’t need to be reminded that he existed or that he caused the world great harm. The world holds on to negativity much longer and better than it does that which is positive.

Klaus Wowereit the mayor of Berlin wrote a letter to the wax museum encouraging Tussuad’s to really think about how they show Hitler in their exhibit. The mayor does not believe that Hitler should be shown as a cult figure. The museum insists that he will be shown hunched over a desk in a bunker the way that he most likely was just days before his suicide.

There are other wax displays of Hitler around the world. However, Germany was the country that bought into Hitler’s propaganda and that is the thing that makes this particular likeness of Hitler so troubling. Madame Tussauds’ Berlin museum plans to open the exhibit on July 9th. Other German’s that lived and made an impact on Germany and the world during the 1930’s will also be included. The museum may be trying to present a complete picture of Germany at the time but there is a certain sensitivity that should be used. The museum will present the likeness of Hitler behind glass so that no one will be able to take pictures with it. However, this will not change the fact that his essence will be included. Recognizing Hitler’s impact on the world and Germany is something that we carry in our hearts and minds. The scars of his terror remain on us and no wax figure has to seen to keep us aware of his reign.

Of course, the other side of the argument is that Adolph Hitler did live and Germany elected him to their highest political office. A man full of hate that had published a racist piece of literature detailing how he felt about certain races was elected This is what we need to remember about Hitler’s reign in Germany. If the museum can show Hitler in a light that reminds Germany that they played a major role in letting the monster loose, then include his likeness in the exhibit.

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