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AUBURN, Ind., Nov 21, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- The display of a large oil portrait of Adolf Hitler in Indiana's World War II Victory Museum has met with approval by the local Jewish community.

The painting, believed to be the only portrait made of Hitler while he was alive, was unveiled Sunday as part of the "Rising Tyrants" exhibit at the museum in Auburn. It was painted in 1938 by Heinrich Knirr, who was the premiere artist in Germany during that time, senior curator Joe Brunson said.

The portrait was captured by an U.S. Army captain in Munich during the war, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reported.

Jeff Gubitz, executive director of the Fort Wayne Jewish Federation, said the display was not offensive.

"I think the importance of this particular exhibit is that it doesn't honor or glorify Adolf Hitler or any of the others that will be displayed, but serves as a reminder to us that these are not comic strip characters that are tucked away in a book somewhere."


Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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