In Berlin, police said that a 41-year-old man was arrested as wax figure of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler (photo, from mirror.co.uk) was beheaded, shortly after a new branch of Madame Tussaud’s opened in Berlin.
On Saturday, Uwe Kozelnik, museum spokesman, said that the man faces charges of causing criminal damage, along with bodily harm because he allegedly pushed away a security guard and a museum official while they were trying to stop him.
“He wanted to protest against Hitler’s figure being on show”, Uwe Kozelnik said. He added that the model had been withdrawn from display for repairs.
The man had been questioned and was expected to be released later, said Uwe Kozelnik. In the scuffle, the museum official suffered a slight leg injury.
The Nazi leader is portrayed among the 70 most prominent figures in German history who have proved controversial in the country.
In his bunker
They were careful not to give the impression that Adolf Hitler was in any way a figure to be revered, said museum officials.
The Nazi leader appeared just before the final defeat, at the end of the second world war, in a mock-up of his bunker. In an attempt to prevent visitors to the museum from posing for photographs with Adlof Hitler, or damaging the waxwork, it was positioned behind a table.
As he had never given permission for his own likeness to be on display at the museum, Helmut Kohl, 78, former post-war chancellor, said he would be consulting his lawyer.
He told the daily Bild that the management of Madame Tussaud’s had contacted him, but that Mr Kohl had put certain conditions on the way he was to be portrayed.
The complaint has been dismissed by museum official Susanne Keller.
“The figures are sent from London. They do a good job. I assume that Mr Kohl gave his agreement, that’s why he’s here”, Bild quoted Ms Keller, as saying.