Man Decapitates Wax Hitler

A 41-year-old museum-goer tore the head from a controversial wax sculpture of Adolf Hitler at the opening of Berlin's Madame Tussauds this...

A 41-year-old museum-goer tore the head from a controversial wax sculpture of Adolf Hitler at the opening of Berlin's Madame Tussauds this weekend. Witnesses were standing in line "chatting about sports and things" with the guy before he pushed two museum guards out of the way, decapitated wax Hitler and shouted "No more war." He was promptly arrested.

It had taken approximately 25 workers around four months of scrupulous research and sculpting to perfect the intricate wax likeness of the mass-murderer Nazi dictator. But glorification of Hitler and other Nazi symbols is illegal in Germany, and no one was really expecting it to go over too terribly well. Thumbs up to breaking down taboos and art that causes a stir, but we have to say, Madame Tussauds doesn't spring to mind as the most appropriate venue for that type of statement-making, especially not in an art-hearty city like Berlin. So, in this case, a bigger thumbs up to ethics-induced temper tantrums that involve physically assaulting fake dead dictators. That takes passion.
via Library of Congress

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