Indonesian museum causes outrage with Hitler waxwork

Museum has now removed the statue after defending it as "fun"


Pictures with figures like the Joker and Barack Obama are common at this museum in Indonesia, but selfies with a heroically posed Hitler have caused outrage.

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De Mata, an entertainment museum in Yogyakarta, has removed the stature which portrays the former Nazi dictator as a dominant figure.

"We don't want to attract outrage," the museum's operations manager, Jamie Misbah, told news agency AFP.

According to Associated Press, Human Rights Watch branded the exhibition as "sickening" and the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, which campaigns against anti-Semitism, demanded it was removed.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the centre, said: "Everything about it is wrong. It's hard to find words for how contemptible it is.

"The background is disgusting. It mocks the victims who went in and never came out."

Behind the waxwork of Hitler was an image of Auschwitz and the slogan 'Arbeit Macht Frei' — work sets you free.

Warli, the marketing officer for the museum, said it is "one of the favourite figures for our visitors to take selfies with."

He added: "No visitors complained about it. Most of our visitors are having fun because they know this is just an entertainment museum.

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