Birthplace of Adolf Hitler is a Problem to Austrian Authorities

Birthplace of Adolf Hitler is a Problem to Austrian Authorities

Adolf Hitler was born in the town of Braunau during 1889. His father was a customs official who had been posted to the town and rented rooms upstairs.

The family had permanently moved by the time Hitler was three.

The address is Salzburger Vorstadt 15, and the building was originally an inn built in the 17th century. Hitler made a short return in 1938 when he annexed Austria.

The problem for authorities has come due to the owners refusal to allow any changes to the building. The Austrian interior ministry has rented the house from the owner since 1972 to prevent neo-Nazis and others from turning the building to their own purposes.

Many people still visit to see the house from many different countries. There are fears within the town that visits from those who revere Hitler may cause divisions which could escalate into further trouble.

The house was used as a day care facility until 2011.

Many options have been explored, but none have been allowed by the owner. Modernisation of the building would increase the options available to the ministry for use of the building. The interior ministry has asked all other government departments in Austria to help find a solution to the problem, the BBC News reports.

One Russian MP even offered to buy the building so it could be blown up.

There is also division among locals with some wanting to bury the past completely and others wanting to put Hitler’s links into the towns heritage through the local museum.

Ian Harvey

Ian Harvey is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE