Debate Rages About Hitler’s Childhood Home
The home in Austria where Hitler was born has become somewhat of a hot property. Located in the town of Braunau-am-Inn, it has become the center of a debate about what, exactly, should be done with it.
A Russian politician, Frantz Klintsevich has said he’d like to collect money from supporters of his United Russia party in order to buy the property, which is on the market for about $2.8 million.
“I would buy this property in the blink of an eye if I had that kind of money myself, but I do not. If I were to receive financial help, I would buy the house and destroy it demonstratively,” he said according to an article in the UK’s Daily Mail.
Since 1972 Austria’s interior ministry has rented the apartment from a woman who refuses to be publicly identified.
Some are calling for the building that houses the apartment to be turned into a Holocaust museum, a plan the mayor of the town, Hannes Waidbacher, disagrees with. He’d prefer to have the building turned into a residential building.
The Daily Mail quotes him as saying, “Braunau has done much to process its history over the years. It is not necessary to build a Holocaust museum in the house as some have suggested.
“Braunau as a town is already stigmatised enough. Hitler spent only three years of his life here, and they were certainly not the most formative years of his life.
“Why should I or others take responsibility for him? I was born 21 years after the end of the war.”
According to the Daily Mail article up until a year ago it was the setting for a workshop for the mentally and physically handicapped. Since then it has been empty with the state picking up the bill for the lease and a debate raging about what to do with the building.
Today the town still attracts hordes of admirers of the Nazi leader.