Iraq Prepares Grim Saddam Museum

Anniversary of leader's execution commemorated
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2008 1:49 PM CST
Arab holiday makers touch the hand of silicone statue of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein at the Hall of Fame in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, June 7, 2008.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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(Newser) – Two years ago today Saddam Hussein breathed his last, but Iraq is taking steps to ensure the dictator isn't forgotten, reports Reuters. Soon, the country will open a dark museum full of artifacts from Saddam’s reign, including the torture devices he employed, the chair he was tried in, and some 26 million documents penned during his decades-long rule.

Saddam remains a contentious figure in Iraqi politics, but the museum is “not related to national reconciliation,” says one judge. “This museum is about history. History must not be forgotten.” But the museum’s curator says it’s a disquieting working alone in an office surrounded by bloodied nooses and a man-shaped cage. “It’s uncomfortable,” he says. “You feel as if there’s someone there with you.”