Austria is planning to demolish the house where Adolf Hitler was born in 1889 to avoid the emergence of a neo-Nazi worship shrine, Die Presse reported on Monday.
The government has been renting the house in Braunau am Inn since 1972 to ensure it is not put to any other use. The monthly rent is €4,800. The owner, Ms. Pommer, is refusing to sell, although the building is clearly in a state of disrepair.
But, the government is clear on its intentions. “The Hitler house will be torn down. The foundations can remain, but a new building will be erected,” Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka told Die Presse.
Public opinion is polarized on whether to treat the building as a monument or tear it down. There have been suggestions that the house should be turned into a refugee center or a museum for the liberation of Austria from Nazi rule.
The government is expected to rally enough support to pass a new bill that will allow the government to seize the building from its owner.