Hitler’s exhibition in Berlin extended

London: The first post World War II exhibition dedicated to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler has been extended by three weeks due to throngs of visitors.

More than 170,000 people have flocked to the ``Hitler and the Germans`` exhibition in the last three months.

The Berlin exhibition will now run until February 27.

It explores the links between German society and Hitler’s rise to power in 1933, and how he managed not only to win power but also to cling on to it even as total defeat loomed.

It features a hoard of bizarre Nazi artefacts including propaganda posters, busts of Hitler, card game helping players to learn the names of top Nazis, SS cufflinks, toy soldiers and a red swastika lampshade.

"There has been great interest among Germans and also international tourists. They have come from all over Europe," a daily quoted German Historical Museum spokesman Rudolf Trabold, as saying.

The museum was especially pleased with the numbers given that the exhibit probes Germany’s legacy under the Nazis, including World War II and the Holocaust.

Meanwhile, there had been widespread concern in German media that the exhibition could prove popular among neo-Nazis who idolise Hitler, but no problems have been reported.

"In no way do I consider it a glorification. It’s an important contribution, but it still doesn’t ask the question of how could someone like Hitler come to power," said Stephan Kramer, of the Central Council of Jews in German.