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Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 07/07/2008

An assassination attempt against Adolf Hitler

The waxwork figure of Hitler at the new "Madame Tussauds" wax museum in Berlin has been destroyed by a visitor. The left-wing daily die tageszeitung reflects on Germany's efforts to come to terms with the past. "Nowadays we are politically correct and bravely struggle to come to terms with our past. So we put the Führer back in his bunker ... and once again the German debate flares up. ... Is it acceptable to put Hitler on display, or not? ... We also torment ourselves with the question of whether the wax Hitler should be as freely accessible here in Berlin as in London, Paris or Moscow. ... We are [no longer] allowed to read 'Mein Kampf' - unlike in Tel Aviv, New York or Stockholm. Yet we and our children are supposed to be in a position to understand Hitler. ... We fight bitterly over this waxen Adolf. It enraged a former policeman to the point that he tore off the figure's head. If only the police, and above all the majority of Germans had acted like this in the 1930s! ... Protection for Adolf! And do not try to tell me German history is not making any progress."

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