Town Relents, Strips Hitler of Honorary Citizenship

German municipality acts after outcry
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2013 2:29 PM CST
In this Sept. 22, 1938 file photo, Adolf Hitler stands in a room of the hotel Dreesen, near Bonn.   (AP Photo, File)

(Newser) – A German town has thought twice and decided that Adolf Hitler shouldn't be an honorary citizen after all. The Bavarian municipality of Dietramszell stripped the fuhrer of the title this week after an initial attempt failed last week, reports the BBC. In the first vote, the town council deadlocked at 8-8, with those opposed arguing that it amounted to a whitewash of history. That Hitler still held a place of honor didn't sit well with the citizenry when the news broke, however, so the full council met yesterday and voted 21-0 to rescind the 80-year-old honorific. Testimony from a woman whose family was killed in the Holocaust carried the day, reports the Telegraph. (Read more Adolf Hitler stories.)

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