Indonesian museum withdraws 'fun' Hitler display after protests

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 07:42:32 AM. An Indonesian visual effects museum withdraws an exhibit featuring a wax statue of Adolf Hitler standing in front of the Auschwitz concentration camp after outrage from Jewish and rights groups.
Photo: The museum said the exhibit was one of its most popular waxworks. (AP: Slamet Riyadi) An Indonesian visual effects museum that encouraged visitors to take selfies with a waxwork of Adolf Hitler against a giant image of the Auschwitz extermination camp has removed the exhibit after protests. The De Mata Trick Eye Museum's marketing officer said the statue was removed on Friday night after outrage from Jewish and rights groups. Human Rights Watch had denounced the exhibit as "sickening" and the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Centre, which campaigns against Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism, had demanded its immediate removal. The museum, which has waxworks of about 80 famous people, including Star Wars character Darth Vader — next to the Hitler exhibit — had the Hitler figure on display since 2014. In 2015, it tweeted a photo of a staff member standing next to the waxwork without the Auschwitz background, with the hashtag #TheBestPlaceToTakeYourPict External Link: Twitter: De MATA museum Hitler It initially defended the exhibit as "fun" and said it was one of the most popular waxworks with visitors to the infotainment-style museum in the central Java city of Yogyakarta. External Link: Instagram: Museum visitor with Hitler On Sunday, the space at the museum occupied by Hitler was empty and the image of Auschwitz, where more than 1 million people were exterminated by the Nazi regime, was gone. A sign in front of the empty space now reads "Famous figures of the...Read more
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