Museum faces fury for offering chance to take 'Auschwitz selfies' with Adolf Hitler

The exhibit had been in place since 2014

The exhibit had been in place since 2014

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A museum in Indonesia is facing fury for offering visitors the chance to take selfies with Adolf Hitler.

The museum in Java, which contains waxwork figures of over 80 famous people, installed a model of the Nazi Fuhrer in front of a giant image of the Auschwitz death camp.

The installation had been in place since 2014, according to La Vanguardia. However officials at the museum were finally forced to remove it after the Associated Press broke the story last week.

Although the museum initially claimed the exhibit was "funny", the Hitler waxwork had been taken down by Sunday (November 12) and the image of Auschwitz had disappeared.

Human Rights Watch has denounced the Hitler stall as 'sick' and the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, which strives to educate people on the Holocaust and bring the last surviving Nazis to justice, has also weighed in with condemnation.

Auschwitz remains synonymous with evil, more than 70 years after it was liberated. More than a million people were killed at the purpose-built death camp, many of them Jews, and the camp has been preserved as a monument to warn people of the dangers of far-right extremism.

Although such monuments continue to cast a dark shadow in Europe, Indonesia has faced criticism for the way it covers the history of the Third Reich. A Nazi-themed cafe in Bandung, where the waiters were forced to wear SS uniforms, attracted international fury before closing at the start of this year, and in 2014 and a music video performed as a tribute to presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto provoked indignation due to its Nazi connotations.