BERLIN - The city's mayor has expressed concern at Madame Tussauds' plans to include Adolf Hitler among prominent Germans immortalized in wax at its new museum.
Klaus Wowereit has written a letter to the wax museum's curators urging them to consider carefully whether to include the Nazi dictator and, if they still do, to be careful how they present him, mayoral spokesman Guenter Kolodziej said yesterday.
"In the mayor's view, he should not be shown as a cult figure," Kolodziej said.
Madame Tussauds Berlin museum is scheduled to open July 9. It will be located on the Unter den Linden boulevard, close to the German capital's landmark Brandenburg Gate.
Spokeswoman Katrin Srumsdorf said the museum planned to send Wowereit an official response today.
She stressed that curators recognize the issue needs to be treated with sensitivity.
Unlike in London, where a Hitler statue stands along with major world leaders, the wax figure in Berlin will be hunched over a desk in a dimly lit bunker, she said.
"He will appear as an old, broken man, as he might have looked in the days just before he committed suicide," Srumsdorf said.
The Hitler statue will be displayed behind glass, which means visitors will not be able to have their pictures taken with it. The exhibit will be constantly monitored by video cameras.
Madame Tussauds Berlin will feature many prominent Germans, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, former chancellor Helmut Kohl, and scientist Albert Einstein.
The display also will feature Winston Churchill, Britain's prime minister during World War II.