A museum that encouraged visitors to pose for selfies next to a waxwork of Adolf Hitler has removed the statue following outrage from Jewish and human rights groups.
De Mata Trick Eye Museum, in Indonesia, said the waxwork, which stood in front of a giant image of the Auschwitz concentration camp, was removed on Friday.
Human Rights Watch denounced the exhibit as ‘sickening’ and the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Centre, which campaigns against Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism, demanded its immediate removal.
The museum, which has waxworks of about 80 famous people, had the Hitler figure on display since 2014.
It initially defended the exhibit as ‘fun’ and said it was one of the most popular waxworks with visitors to the infotainment-style museum in the central Java city of Yogyakarta.
On Sunday, the space at the museum occupied by Hitler was empty and the image of Auschwitz, where more than 1 million people were exterminated by the Nazi regime, was gone.
It was not the first time the Nazis and their symbols have been normalised or even idealised in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation and home to a tiny Jewish community.
A Nazi-themed cafe in the city of Bandung had waiters dressed in SS uniforms for several years before it closed down earlier this year.
In 2014, a music video made by Indonesian pop stars as a tribute to presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto stirred outrage with its Nazi overtones.