Dear ihoyos ~
I appreciate you are trying to be helpful but please see here for further confirmation.
The DHM does not display movie props.
http://www.manilatimes.net/national/200 ... 6opi8.html
From Hitler’s globe to Berlin’s wall
By Jean-Louis de La Vaissiere
BERLIN: Roman artifacts, a bullet-pierced globe from Hitler’s office, chunks of the Berlin Wall—all part of a sprawling permanent exhibition that attempts to explain what it has meant over the last 2,000 years to be German.
Guests enter the exhibition through a Roman gate and trace the tumultuous path of the nation’s history from the bitter battles fought by the Germanic tribes through to the euphoria of German reunification in 1990.
The new show puts German history’s darkest chapter front and center, with a ground-floor exhibit that includes Nazi uniforms, Hitler’s desk, a bomb shelter, letters sent from concentration camps, Albert Speer’s design for the gargantuan Germania Hall and a chilling model of the Auschwitz death camp.
Hitler’s globe with its fitting symbolism is expected to be a major attraction. A Russian soldier who had just taken the capital in 1945 took aim at Berlin on the giant sphere, leaving a gaping hole on the map where the German Reich had been.
The globe was the inspiration for the legendary dance scene in Charlie Chaplin’s 1940 Hitler satire “The Great Dictator.”
Bold New Exhibit Aims to Define German Identity
BERLIN — Long periods of horror and catastrophe, interspersed with moments of light—that's how Hans Ottomeyer summarizes German history. Ottomeyer, the director of Berlin's German Historical Museum has spent the past six years pulling together the disparate strands that make up that often painful past into an ambitious new permanent exhibit that traces the evolution of the German people from the time of Christ to the present day.
Entitled "German History in Images and Testimonials from Two Millennia", the collection is made up of 8,000 historical objects—from battlefield relics to landmark documents and works of art—displayed over two floors of the former Prussian armory building, the Zeughaus, in central Berlin.
A highlight from the early 19th century is a triangular hat that Prussian Field Marshal Gebhard Leberecht von Bluecher captured from Napoleon as the defeated French emperor fled the battlefield at Waterloo. Another is the globe that sat in Adolf Hitler's Reichs Chancellery and was famously transformed into a balloon by Charlie Chaplin in his 1939 film The Great Dictator.
On the section of the giant orb where Germany lies, the lacquer has been blasted apart by a bullet -- probably the work of a Soviet army officer. The projectile is still lodged in the globe, which lay hidden for years in a Munich customs office. Other objects include a model of the mammoth "Germania" dome that Nazi architect Albert Speer was commissioned to build for Hitler next to the Brandenburg Gate. A Trabant P 50/2, the boxy East German-made car, and an anti-Berlin Wall brochure from 1961 allude to the country's four decades of division. Many of the items came from the collection of the East German government's Museum for German History, which was itself housed in the Zeughaus between 1952 and 1990. Dedicated to conveying a Marxist-Leninist view of history, its assets were brought under the wing of the German Historical Museum around the time of reunification.
You will see that one of the Soviet soldiers deliberately shot the globe in a symbolic act to mark the end of Hitler's reich. This explains why the bullet hole is right in the middle of Germany.
The pedestal is different. My guess is that the original woodwork was damaged in 1945 or sometime in the following years and therefore had to be replaced with a new axis. As we see above, the Soviets didn't exactly treat the globe with care.
Regarding Charlie Chaplin's "The Great Dictator" - the famous movie scene was inspired by Hitler's giant globe. I'm sure this is why it is referenced in the DHM exhibit.
I hope both these articles will help put an end to all the speculation once and for all about the desk and globe being reproductions.