Madame Tussaud's says it has returned a wax figure of Adolf Hitler to its newly opened Berlin branch weeks after the statue was beheaded by a 41-year-old German.

Madame Tussaud's says the figure can be viewed sitting at a desk in a replica of the Nazi leader's bunker. The branch says it does not allow visitors to enter the bunker in order to ensure the figure's protection.

The British waxworks makers have defended their display of the Hitler figure in Berlin as "a legitimate part of our show" because he "stands for an important part of German history." It says the figure was on display again Saturday.

The presence of the Nazi dictator's likeness in the new museum led to criticism in German media before the branch's opening in July.