Calgary Herald - - WORLD -

VI­ENNA Aus­tria pre­sented an ar­chi­tec­tural plan on Tues­day to turn the house where Adolf Hitler was born into a po­lice sta­tion in the hope of “neu­tral­iz­ing” the space and en­sur­ing it does not at­tract neo-nazis.

After decades of de­bate about what to do with the build­ing in the town of Brau­nau am Inn on the Ger­man border, Aus­tria car­ried out a com­pul­sory pur­chase in 2017 and said last year it would be turned into po­lice of­fices so that it “will never again evoke the mem­ory of Na­tional So­cial­ism.”

“It is the most ap­pro­pri­ate use (for the build­ing). Why? The po­lice are the pro­tec­tor of fun­da­men­tal rights and free­doms,” In­te­rior Min­is­ter Karl Ne­ham­mer, pic­tured, told a news con­fer­ence.

There is lit­tle to in­di­cate that the build­ing was once home to the boy who would be­come leader of the Third Re­ich, trig­ger the Sec­ond World War and carry out the Holo­caust. An en­graved rock on the pave­ment says “Fas­cism never again” with­out men­tion­ing Hitler by name.

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