Berlin's Madame Tussauds Unveils Wax Figure of Anne Frank

The figure of the Jewish girl who perished at the hands of the Nazis in the Holocaust is displayed next door to a model of Adolf Hitler which was in the past decapitated by a visitor.

A figure of Anne Frank was unveiled Friday at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Berlin, and is now part of the permanent exhibition of the museum in the German capital.

The Jewish girl is displayed in a setting that resembles her room in the attic of the Amsterdam house in which she, together with her family, hid from the Nazis until they were caught and sent to their deaths in 1944. Alongside the wax model are some of Frank's favorite possessions, including magazines about the latest trends in cinema and theater and a copy of "Uncle Tom's Cabin," a book she loved.

Anne Frank wax museum - AFP - March 9 2012

The new Anne Frank figure is situated next to that of Sophie Scholl, an activist executed by the Nazi regime for her involvement in the White Rose, a non-violent German resistance group. In the next room stands a headless figure of Adolf Hitler, which was decapitated by a visitor shortly after the museum's opening in 2008.

"Anne Frank was such a hopeful person," said museum spokeswoman Nina Zerbe over the weekend. "It's that sense of optimism that we want to convey in this figure."