Govt to seize Hitler birthplace
Austria’s government is to seize the house where Adolf Hitler was born in 1889 to prevent it becoming a site of pilgrimage for neo-Nazis.
The owner, a retired local woman, has refused repeated offers to buy the house in Brunau am Inn in the past.
However, there is disagreement over what to do with the house next.
The interior minister wants it demolished but others say a museum or even a supermarket would more effectively “depoliticise” it.
“The decision is necessary because the Republic would like to prevent this house from becoming a ‘cult site’ for neo-Nazis in any way, which it has been repeatedly in the past, when people gathered there to shout slogans,” Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said.