Hitler’s First House Could Become a Museum

Hitler's Birthplace and Memorial Stone. Courtesy of Anton Kurt via Wikimedia Commons.
Hitler's Birthplace and Memorial Stone. Courtesy of Anton Kurt via Wikimedia Commons.

Austrian authorities are considering turning the house where Adolf Hitler was born into a museum, reports Haaretz.

Hitler was born on April 20, 1889 in the town of Braunau-Am-Inn. Despite the fact that Hitler’s parents, Alois and Klara, moved shortly after their son’s birth, the house attracts neo-Nazi’s from around Europe, many of whom make an annual trip to mark Hitler’s birthday. Earlier this year, a memorial stone from the site of the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria was defaced. The local government pays €4,000 a month to the owners of the house to prevent it from falling into the hands of neo-Nazis, although it has stood empty for over three years.

The plan for a museum was conceived by the historian Andreas Maislinger who told Haaretz “The house will only lose its appeal for such people when it stands as a clear and just symbol against Nazism.” Maislinger’s plan has gained broad support, including from the interior ministry and Hollywood producer Branko Lustig. The mayor of Brauna-Am-Inn said: “It is a difficult subject. But the idea in principle of a house of responsibility is, in itself, not a bad one.”

An alternative plan for the building which included demolition and the construction of luxury flats has failed to gain significant support. A decision on the future of the building is expected soon.


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