Hitler House Not Being Torn Down After All

Home in Braunau am Inn, Austria, will be used by charity for the disabled
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 15, 2016 12:54 PM CST
Hitler House Not Being Torn Down After All
This Sept. 27, 2012, file picture shows an exterior view of Adolf Hitler's birth house, front, in Braunau am Inn, Austria.   (Kerstin Joensson)

Austrian government officials have decided to transform the home where Adolf Hitler was born into a base for a charity, not tear down the property as some had demanded. Thursday's decision comes a day after lawmakers overwhelmingly approved an Interior Ministry bill to dispossess the owner, who had refused to sell the empty building in Braunau am Inn, a town on Austria's border with Germany. Provincial Gov. Josef Puehringer says destroying the structure would have fueled accusations of "tearing down a piece of burdensome history," the AP reports. Instead, officials want to remodel the property's facade to eliminate its draw as a shrine for admirers of the Nazi dictator, who was born in the house in 1889. Puehringer says the house will be offered to an agency running a workshop for disabled people. (More Hitler stories.)

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