Austrian government SEIZES house where Hitler was born to prevent it falling into the hands of neo-Nazis


13 Jul 2016

Austrian government SEIZES house where Hitler was born to prevent it falling into the hands of neo-Nazis

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The Austrian government formally seized the house where Adolf Hitler was born yesterday to prevent it ever falling into the hands of neo-Nazis.

Years of negotiating with the right-leaning owner of the house in Braunau-am-Inn – where the future Fuehrer of the German Reich was born on April 20, 1889 – have proved fruitless.

Landlady Gerlinde Pommer received £3,800 a month to keep the place empty.

She consistently refused to allow it to be rebuilt, to sell it or to allow it to be let for commercial purposes.

And she consistently vetoed any and all plans to turn the property into something constructive, something other than the brooding, empty shell which attracts neo-Nazis, and the merely curious, from across Europe to stare at.

The house is as unremarkable now as it was when Hitler came into the world. It is a two-storey dirty, faded yellow property that looks rather rundown.

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Souvenir hunters have occasionally gouged chunks out of the wall and the barred windows that stare out over the street are empty and covered in grime.

On the wall are the words Volksbucherei Braunau, the Braunau Library, a sign from the 1930’s when the Nazis ran it. During his reign as Third Reich leader Hitler’s personal secretary Martin Bormann purchased the house and it became a cult centre also containing an art gallery.

At the time of Hitler’s birth into an Austria then ruled by the Hapsburgs it was a pub and his father, Alois, spent much of his time downstairs drinking in it.

In 1952 it was restored to its original owners and thereafter used as city library, technical college and a day-care centre for disabled persons.

Outside it is a stone from the Austrian concentration camp at Mauthausen where tens of thousands of people were murdered during the Nazi reign.

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A stone outside the house in which Adolf Hitler was born, with the inscription
A stone outside the house in which Adolf Hitler was born, with the inscription 'For peace, freedom and democracy, never again fascism, millions of dead are a warning'

The stone which bears the words ‘For Peace, Freedom and Democracy. Never Again Fascism. Millions of Dead Remind Us.’

What happens after it is expropriated by the Austrian government is unclear; it may even be demolished although there is a strong movement for keeping it as a more tangible meorial to fascism and dictatorship.

Vienna says its objective is: “The permanent elimination of maintenance, promotion or dissemination of Nazi thought and the demystification of the place.”

Most think it will be turned into a documentation centre and museum honouring victims of Nazism.

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hitler house
hitler house

Adolf Hitler’s birth house in Braunau-am-Inn, Austria, has been seized by the country’s government

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