Austria to demolish Hitler’s house

MATTHIAS ROEDER

Florian Kotanko from the Society for Contemporary History stands in front of a information plaque at Hitler's birth house in Braunau, Austria, 05 February 2015. The house in which Adolf Hitler was born has stood empty for four years. The owner of the private building has been resisting efforts to putting it to a meaningful use, but the Austrian government is now pressuring her to help find a solution to this politically sensitive issue. The Republic of Austria and the town of Braunau have been leasing the building from the retiree since 1972.

Austria to demolish Hitler’s house


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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.

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