Austria wants to seize Hitler’s birth house
Austria has said it plans to seize Adolf Hitler’s birth house from its owner to end a legal dispute and prevent it from attracting Nazi sympathizers. The empty house was previously a center for the disabled.
The building in Braunau am Inn on the border with Germany is owned by Gerlinde Pommer, a local whose family has owned the house for more than a century. After Austria’s “Anschluss” with Germany in 1938, the Nazi regime bought the house where Hitler was born on April 20, 1889. It was returned to the Pommer family in 1952. In 1972 the Austrian government signed a lease with Pommer to turn the building into a center for the disabled, but in 2011 she ended the lease due to a dispute over renovations to make it more disabled-friendly. Pommer has also refused to accept a buyout from the interior ministry. The building has since sat empty, drawing Nazi sympathizers. “We have seen over the past few years that expropriation is the only way to prevent the building from being a draw for pro-Nazi sympathizers,” a spokesperson from the interior ministry told the Austrian news channel “Oberösterreichische Nachrichten.”
- Date 21. September 2016
- Tags Pressearchiv 2016