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Austria considers a law to seize Hitler’s birthplace

The Austrian government is looking to seize Adolf Hitler’s birthplace to prevent it from falling into the hands of Nazi sympathizers.DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

The Austrian government is looking to seize Adolf Hitler’s birthplace to prevent it from falling into the hands of Nazi sympathizers.

The Austrian government wants to seize Adolf Hitler’s childhood home to keep it from falling into the hands of Nazi sympathizers.

The government has tried to buy the house and has been discussing its future for years.

Now, they’re looking to take legal action.

“Given the unique nature of the building, its historic significance and the public interest, we’ve decided to begin discussions seeking to lay the legal groundwork for the seizure,” said Karl-Heinz Grundboeck, an interior ministry spokesman.

He said that would require passing a law to seize the home, located in the town of Braunau am Inn, and went on to explain the government’s interest.

“We have come to the conclusion over the past few years that expropriation is the only way to avoid the building being used for the purposes of Nazi sympathizers,” he said, according Politico.

If the government seizes the home, Pommer would be compensated.

Hitler was born in Braunau am Inn in April 1889 but, according to the BBC, only lived at that home for a matter of weeks before his family moved elsewhere in the small city.

After he rose to power, the Nazi government made his birthplace an historic preservation site.

A stone outside the house in which Adolf Hitler was born bears the inscription: “For peace, freedom and democracy. Never again fascism. In memory of millions dead.”DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

A stone outside the house in which Adolf Hitler was born bears the inscription: “For peace, freedom and democracy. Never again fascism. In memory of millions dead.”

The building was returned to the hands of the Pommer family in 1952 and since 1977 has been under Gerlinde Pommer’s control.

Starting in 1972, the government rented the site to run a day care center for the disabled.

In 2011, though, Pommer refused to permit accessibility upgrades and the house has been vacant ever since.

The government has not said what it plans to do with the property, although the BBC reported that suggestions have included an adult education center, a museum and a center to address the country’s Nazi past.

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An undated file picture shows the family home of Adolf Hitler in Braunau am Inn.

Some want to see the house demolished. One Russian politician offered to blow it up.

The only evidence of the Fuhrer’s connection to the property is a large rock outside that bears the inscription: “For peace, freedom and democracy. Never again fasciscm. In memory of millions dead.”

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