Saturday, July 5, 2008

The One "Absolutely Normal" Man

BERLIN -- A man tore the head off an Adolf Hitler wax figure at Madame Tussauds' new branch in Berlin in what appeared to be a symbolic protest on the museum's opening day today, police said.

The 41-year-old man shoved aside two museum employees -- one of whom was assigned to protect the exhibit -- and slightly injured one of them, police said. They said he then ripped the head off the likeness of the Nazi dictator.

Police said they arrested the man and he told them he was demonstrating against the Hitler figure.

The man, who looked "absolutely normal," was only the second visitor to enter the museum, employee Stephan Koch said -- adding that he and a colleague had tried unsuccessfully to prevent the assailant from jumping over a table in front of the figure and damaging the effigy.
-- From the Associated Press.