After years of controversy and legal wrangling over the disputed site, Austria has unveiled plans to turn Adolf Hitler’s birthplace into a police station.
The three-story building at Brunei Am Inn, near the German border, is undergoing significant renovations that authorities hope will prevent it from becoming a pilgrimage site for Nazi sympathizers.
Hitler was born on April 20, 1889, in an apartment in the building, as his father worked as a customs officer in the city. The family left Brunau M Inn, which was part of what was then Austria-Hungary when Hitler was three years old.
Plans to turn the site into a police station were first announced last November when the Austrian Interior Ministry launched an EU-wide design competition for its reform. Officials at the time told CNN in a statement that the move could prevent “national socialist activity.”
The birth of Adolf Hitler, iling was depicted in 2015 Credit: Joe Klammer / AFP / Getty Images
The wine was proposed by the Austrian firm Marte.Mart Architects Uncovered
At a press conference on Tuesday. The digital mock-ups show a stretched roof with a current white face replaced with a white one, in keeping with the neighboring buildings.
In an official press release, Interior Minister Carl Nehamar told a news conference on Tuesday that the city had become “hostile to Hitler”.
“You can recognize a democratic culture by working with the history of a country, and it has taken a long time for Austria to face its own history,” he said. Quoted as quoted
Announcement time. “Today we are inaugurating a new chapter in the fulfillment of our historical responsibilities,” he added.
The fate of the building has long been a contentious issue in the city, where many want to reminisce about Hitler’s short time there.
In 2012, Brownau M in Mayor, Johannes Wiedebaker, told the Austrian newspaper Der standard
The city was already “stigmatized”. The three years the Nazi dictator spent there were certainly not “the most constructive of life”, Widebacker said: “As a city of Braunau we are not so ready to take responsibility … World War II (break out).”
Austrian Interior Minister Carl Nehamar presents selected plans for a new architectural design for the house where Hitler was born Credit: Joe Klammer / AFP / AFP via Getty Images
Others have lobbied to turn the site into a community center, dubbed “Home responsibilities
, “Where young people around the world can meet and learn from the past.
For decades, the controversial building belonged to Gerald Pomer, whose family owned the property before Hitler was born. The Austrian Ministry of the Interior submitted the site to various charities in 1972 and began leasing it. However, in 2011 the vacancy was vacated by the last occupant, the Disability Center.
Four years ago the government announced that this structure would be dismantled. It then decided to take a forcible acquisition from Palmer, requesting “special legal approval” to vacate the property.
The building was planned to be demolished at a time when there were legal disputes over possession and compensation.
The exterior of the building shown in the digital mock-ups of the Austrian architecture firm Marte.Mart, which won a competition to renovate the site. Credit: Marte.Marte
After securing the site, the Austrian government was concerned that it might attract others who were sympathetic to Neo-Nazi and Hitler’s ideology. Announcing the decision to turn it into a police station last year, then-Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Peshkorn said, “Police use of the house in the future will be an unintentional signal that the building will do nothing to commemorate national socialism.”
Currently, the building is the only physical reminder of the past, a memorial stone in memory of the victims of fascism during World War II. Installed in 1989
, Shortly before the 100th anniversary of Hitler’s birth, the stone read: “For peace, for freedom and for democracy. Never again fascism.
Renovation of the building will be completed by early 2023 and is expected to cost about প্রায় 5 million (6 5.6 million).
Other buildings associated with Hitler’s regime were rebuilt in the post-war era. The Alpine retreat of the Nazi dictator, Aggol’s home is now an a Restaurants and tourist destinations
When it had its Polish bunker headquarters, Wolf’s layer
, Now has a hotel.