Hitler’s Birthplace: Government Plans to Demolish or Render it Completely Unrecognizable
THE YEARS-LONG legal battle over the birthplace of Adolf Hitler has come to a close, Austria’s Interior Ministry announced. The country’s Supreme Court has sided with the government, leaving the former owner of the property with the compensation she was initially offered.
Hitler was born in a rented apartment in the town of Braunau am Inn, on the border with Germany, in 1889. After the National Socialists came to power, it was bought by the party and used as a national memorial. After the war, it was returned to the original owners and was alternatively a library, technical school, and care center for the disabled.
It had stood derelict for five years when the Austrian parliament voted to requisition the property in 2016 in order to stop it becoming a pilgrimage site for National Socialists. Owner Gerlinde Pommer was awarded €810,000 ($908,000 at today’s exchange rate) in compensation.
However, a court in the town of Ried found that Pommer was due more in damages, awarding her €1.5 million ($1.7 million). This decision was overturned by the higher Regional Court of Linz, and on Monday the top court in Vienna upheld the Linz ruling.
The Austrian government is currently considering plans to either demolish the site or render it completely unrecognizable from its former appearance. An architectural competition is to be held to determine the building’s exact future.
Interior Minister Wolfgang Peschorn said this would “prevent any renewed form of National Socialist activities.”
The efforts of the treasonous government of Austria will all be in vain. The birthplace of the Leader will always be sacred.
No matter what you might do to a building, you can never erase a place — nor can you erase the spirit of the man who was born there, nor the rising, living spirits of the ever-growing number of White men and women who share his indestructible vision.
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Source: Daily Archives