hitler wax figure 311.
(photo credit: Reuters)
LONDON – The British capital’s famous waxwork museum Madame Tussauds has been
forced to employ a guard to stop visitors making Nazi salutes next to a waxwork
It comes after the museum was forced to apologize to an
Israeli family who contacted them last month to express their dismay after
seeing visitors performing Nazi salutes for photos with the wax
“My grandfather was in a concentration camp and all his family
were murdered there,” the Israeli mother said at the time. “It’s very personal
to us. I thought about my grandfather and how he would feel.”
the incident, Madame Tussauds spokeswoman Liz Edwards said it encourages guests
to interact with the models. It is not a museum, she said, and hence the models
are out in the open.
“We have apologized to the family and have clarified
that if we had seen that gesture taking place we would have asked the guests to
stop. Madame Tussauds has always had members of staff placed throughout the
attraction to help with guest inquiries and have never placed a guard on any of
our figures,” she said.
“Madame Tussauds’ whole ethos is based on the
fact that we are not a museum and we do not put our figures behind ropes and
barriers. We allow visitors to interact with the figures but again we defend the
right of our visitors to make such choices for themselves, as long as they
behave responsibly,” Edwards added.
However on Tuesday, the museum took
the decision to assign a guard to patrol the section of the museum where
Hitler’s waxwork model is placed.
“There is a person in that area to
ensure this does not happen.
We will probably put the model in an area
where guests can’t physically stand next to him and interact with him,” Edwards
However this week the Evening Standard
newspaper reported the move
had failed after it emerged that visitors had still been able to make the Nazi
gestures next to the waxwork.
Edwards told the Standard the staff member
on duty at the time had been “distracted.”
“If we see someone doing this
we will stop it but guests always have to take responsibility.
down to their own judgement and own parental responsibility,” she told the