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Austria Plans Law To Seize Birthplace of Hitler

The Austrian government reportedly is drafting a law that would transfer ownership of Adolf Hitler’s birthplace to the state.

The owner of the home has refuse for at least the last five years to sell the property to the Austrian government, which is working to prevent the site from becoming a shrine to the neo-Nazi community.

“We are currently examining the creation of a law, which would force a change of ownership and pass the property to the Republic of Austria,” interior ministry spokesman Karl-Heinz Grundboeck told the French news agency AFP.

“We have come to the conclusion over the past few years that expropriation is the ony way to avoid the building being used for the purposes of Nazi” sympathizers, he said.

Local resident Gerlinde Pommer’s family has owned the house where Hitler was born on April 20, 1889, for more than a century. The town has tried for decades to purchase the building.

The ministry had rented the home in the German border town of Braunau for decades and sublet it to charitable organizations. The house, which draws neo-Nazi visitors, especially on the anniversary of Hitler’s birthday, has stood empty for the last about five years after the owner refused to authorize needed renovations.

The building is listed as a historical landmark and cannot be razed.

A stone outside the home is inscribed with the words: “Never again Fascism. In memory of millions of dead. For Peace, Freedom and Democracy” Hitler’s name does not appear anywhere near the home.




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