Govt to seize Hitler birth­place

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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.

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