Monday, October 17, 2016

Austrian Govt. Will Demolish Hitler's First Home; Feared Bldg. Would Become Neo-Nazi Pilgrimage

The home where Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was born in 1889 is to be demolished, pending passage of a law to legally ensure its destruction because the owner of the house has refused to sell or demolish it, the Jewish Press website reports today (October 17, 2016).

Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said a committee of experts has ruled in favor of the demolition of the former guest house.

The structure -- located in the western town of Braunau -- will be replaced with a new building to be used for administrative or charitable purposes.

The Austrian government wants to block the building -- which has been empty since 2011 -- from becoming a pilgrimage destination for neo-Nazis.

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