Yogyakarta, MINA – A life-size figure of Hitler standing against a backdrop of Auschwitz concentration camp has been removed from an Indonesian waxwork museum following international outrage.
The museum in the city of Jogjakarta had allowed visitors to take selfies next to the display since 2014.
The museum’s marketing officer defended it in recent days after condemnation from human rights groups.
“No visitors complained about it,” he said.
“Most of our visitors are having fun because they know this is just an entertainment museum… Let people judge whether the character is good or bad.”
However, the De Mata Trick Eye Museum confirmed on Saturday that the display had been removed.
“We don’t want to attract outrage,” said operations manager Jamie Misbah. “Our purpose to display the Hitler figure in the museum is to educate.”
The exhibit had been positioned next to a figure of Darth Vader and opposite a waxwork of Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
Human Rights Watch had called the exhibit “sickening” and prominent anti-Semitism group The Simon Wiesenthal Centre demanded it be taken down. (T/RS5/RS1)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)