Published: Sat, December 17, 2016
World | By Tasha Manning

Austria Hitler House Seized: Government to confiscate the Nazi leader's property

Austria Hitler House Seized: Government to confiscate the Nazi leader's property

It's official: the lower house of Austria's parliament has authorized the compulsory purchase of Adolf Hitler's birthplace, reports Reuters.

Hitler's house seized by Austrian parliament.

Born on April 20, 1889 in the town of Braunau am Inn, near the German border, Hitler spent the first few years of his life at the three-story apartment building at Salzburger Vorstadt 15.

But on Thursday Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka, who had previously said he wanted to see it demolished, Braunau mayor Johannes Waidbacher and provincial governor Josef Puehringer met and chose to keep the building.

Yet, every year on Hitler's birthday, anti-fascist protesters organize a rally outside the building, next to a memorial stone reading: "For Peace, Freedom and Democracy".

The building had passed down to Pommer by her mother in 1977 and been in the family since 1912.

Austria Hitler House Seized: Government to confiscate the Nazi leader's property
Austria Hitler House Seized: Government to confiscate the Nazi leader's property

On Thursday Josef Puehringer, premier of Upper Austria state, said after talks with Mr Sobotka and Braunau's Mayor Johannes Waidbacher that it would not be demolished but renovated and used by a charity.

The home's previous owner refused to sell up or allow for renovations, with the Austrian taxpayers paying £4,000-a-month to keep it empty.

Instead, officials want to remodel the house's facade to get rid of its appeal as a shrine for neo-Nazis.

The 800-square-meter building, which served as a school and a library in the past, had previously been rented by the charity as a day center and workshop for people with special needs.

But they were forced to move out several years ago when Mrs Pommer blocked renovations. The Interior Ministry announced at the time that the home would be torn down.

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