"Gloomy Dude" wrote:Like it or not, Hitler is a historical figure. His impact on the 20th century, no matter how awful, is too great to simply ignore. Some people need to get a life.
"Sam" wrote:People got over Titantic enough by 1997 that it was seen suitable for a film purely of entertainment value. People would never consider making a joke about the Romans or Genghis Khan even slightly controversial, even though both killed thousands of people.
It's been 70 years now and nearly everyone who fought in that war is dead. Germany is now a modern democratic country so why do we have to keep dragging it up every year to such a huge degree? Obviously this does not apply to the Jewish community. But I don't think it's really fair on Germans to keep reminding them of this constantly.
"Evening Standard" wrote:[/spoiler:3nn8a7ox]Tussauds puts a guard on Adolf but visitors still give Heil Hitler salutes
30 Aug 2011
Madame Tussauds has been forced to employ a guard to prevent tourists making offensive Hitler salutes next to a waxwork of the dictator.
But London's most popular tourist attraction today had to admit the move has failed - as these pictures show.
Visitors to the Marylebone Road attraction were repeatedly seen making the Heil Hitler gesture even though the staff inspector was nearby.
Tourists on Friday saw one young woman make a mock-Nazi salute while imitating the dictator's infamous moustache. She was not prevented from doing so by any staff.
It comes after the company was forced to apologise to an Israeli family visiting London after they witnessed other visitors performing Nazi salutes next to the model this month.
When the family, who wish to remain anonymous, first complained and asked for the waxwork to be removed they were told the company was "apolitical" and that it "absolutely defends the right of our visitors to make such choices for themselves, as long as they behave responsibly".
The Israeli mother told the Jewish Chronicle: "My grandfather was in a concentration camp and all his family were murdered there. It's very personal to us. I thought about my grandfather and how he would feel."
The attraction then did a U-turn and assigned a member of staff to patrol the world leaders section of the exhibition to prevent people causing offence.
Spokeswoman Liz Edwards said: "We are just as upset as the Israeli family who saw the behaviour. What is more worrying is that children just don't understand how disrespectful it is.
"There is a person in that area to ensure this doesn't happen. We will probably put [the model] in an area where guests can't physically stand next to him and interact with him."
Today however it emerged that the move has had little effect - and Madame Tussauds admitted that the plan had failed.
Ms Edwards said the staff member on duty had been "distracted" by other tourists asking questions, and said it was up to guests to take responsibility for their own actions.
"If we see someone doing this we will stop it but guests always have to take responsibility. It comes down to their own judgment and their own parental responsibility," she said.
The model of the Führer had previously been displayed behind glass because of frequent attacks by visitors who spat on it or pelted it with eggs.
It was moved into the Great Hall in 2002 to stand alongside Winston Churchill and other leaders from history. A waxwork of Hitler has been on display at Madame Tussauds in London since 1933, and has often been the target of vandalism.
A branch of the attraction in Berlin also has a model of the Nazi dictator, although it shows him as a defeated figure in a bunker. That model is kept behind glass to prevent people taking photographs.