Hitler’s birthplace to be destroyed

hitlers-birthplace-to-be-destroyedThe house where Adolf Hitler was born will be demolished, the Austrian government has announced. The move is partly aimed at eliminating the home’s significance for neo-Nazis who visit the site to pay homage to the German Nazi dictator.

The country’s Interior Ministry said the demolition of the house in the western Austrian town of Braunau has been recommended by a government-appointed commission.

“A thorough architectural remodelling is necessary to permanently prevent the recognition and the symbolism of the building,” Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said .

The demolition would see the construction of a new building with no association to Hitler, and Interior Ministry spokesman Karl-Heinz Grundbock said only the foundation would remain.

A statement from the ministry said the commission had advised against leaving the site empty, which could be interpreted as an attempted “denial of Austrian history.”

Sobotka said he could imagine the site being used to house government or social agency offices.

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