Tourists Flocking to Berlin to See Hitler

Published: October 21st 2010
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An exhibit at Berlin’s German Historical Museum, “Hitler and the Germans,” which takes a critical look at the society that produced Hitler and the Nazis has been visited by more than 10,000 people since it opened at the end of last week.


A spokesperson for the museum, Rudolph Trabold, told Reuters that the exhibit received 4,000 visitors on opening day.


Visitors have reported waits as long as 1 to 1.5 hours to get inside.


Trabold said that the exhibit is proving to be such a success because it is "the first exhibition to explain how a man who lived on the margins of society for 30 years, in Vienna's men's hostels, could become an almost mythical leader of the German people. We are all affected by Hitler, so it speaks to all of us and helps Germans and foreigners to come to terms with the past."


While some visitors have been impressed by the exhibit’s scope and have come away with increased knowledge of the Nazi era, others aren’t so sure that the show is offering anything new.


"So much has been done about this period over the years, it was like, I knew this and I knew that," Canadian Julien Cayer, 28, told Reuters. "I thought I'd find something new but I didn't."


Not everyone has welcomed the exhibit. Many in Germany are worried that “Hitler and the Germans” could become a focal point for neo-Nazis and others with similar points of view. However, Trabold stated that only a few right wing extremists have viewed the exhibit and no problems have been reported.

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