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Austria is turning Hitler's house into a police station, hoping to neutralize neo Nazi attraction

Wednesday, June 3rd 2020 - 08:30 UTC
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After decades of debate about what to do with the building in the town of Braunau am Inn, Austria carried out a compulsory purchase in 2017 After decades of debate about what to do with the building in the town of Braunau am Inn, Austria carried out a compulsory purchase in 2017
”It is the most appropriate use (for the building). Why? The police are the protector of fundamental rights and freedoms,” Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said ”It is the most appropriate use (for the building). Why? The police are the protector of fundamental rights and freedoms,” Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said

Austria presented an architectural plan on Tuesday to turn the house where Adolf Hitler was born into a police station in the hope of “neutralizing” the space and ensuring it does not attract neo-Nazis.

After decades of debate about what to do with the building in the town of Braunau am Inn on the German border, Austria carried out a compulsory purchase in 2017 and said last year it would be turned into police desks so that it “will never again evoke the memory of National Socialism”.

”It is the most appropriate use (for the building). Why? The police are the protector of fundamental rights and freedoms,“ Interior Minister Karl Nehammer told a news conference announcing the winning design by architects' firm Marte.Marte.

There is currently little to indicate that the building was once home to the boy who would become leader of the Third Reich, trigger World War Two and carry out the Holocaust. An engraved rock on the pavement says ”Fascism never again” without mentioning Hitler by name.

Pictures of the winning design showed a fresh facade with a largely unchanged ground floor and a new roof. The renovation should be completed by early 2023 at a cost of €5 million (US$5.6 million), and the rock will be transferred to a museum in Vienna, Interior Ministry official Hermann Feiner said.

“The neutralization of this whole location was ultimately at the heart of this result,” Feiner said, adding that neutralization meant an architectural overhaul and a new use for the building.

Unlike Germany, Austria long denied any responsibility for Nazism, portraying itself as its first victim due to Hitler's annexation of his homeland in 1938, though many Austrians at the time enthusiastically supported the move.

Successive governments have said Austrians were both victims and perpetrators of crimes under the Nazi regime, but there are few reminders now in everyday life of that period of the country's past.

 

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  • Pugol-H

    Knock it down and build a little park with a few trees and some benches.

    As long as it is still standing, it will attract followers.

    Some will still go there even after the building is gone, unless you turn it into part of a motorway flyover or something.

    A Police station!!!!! only in Austria.

    Remember the world’s greatest selling job was Austria convincing the world that Hitler was a German.

    Jun 03rd, 2020 - 05:30 pm +1
  • pgerman

    Very beautiful example of how societies progress through the time .

    I hope that soon, very soon, in Argentina the houses where Eva Duarte and Juan Domingo Peron were born and lived can be converted into libraries, police stations and offices of the judiciary. As an example, to the posterity, of nefarious places that were transformed into positive places at the service of society.

    Jun 03rd, 2020 - 06:54 pm +1
  • Think

    Article says...:
    ***“Austria is turning Hitler's house into a police station, hoping to neutralize neo Nazi attraction”***

    I say...:
    Well... that will surely keep the likes of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and his many mates all over the World away..., not...

    Jun 03rd, 2020 - 12:48 pm -1
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