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Austria Hitler House to Become Charity Home Base Thanks to New Law

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Adolf Hitler's birth house in Braunau am Inn, Austria. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson, File)
 

By    |   Thursday, 15 Dec 2016 01:51 PM

Austria's Hitler house where the Nazi dictator was born is now set to turn into a charity agency after a legal ruling this week. 

Austrian government officials said Thursday that they want to remodel the home where Adolf Hitler was born back in 1889, The Associated Press reported.

Provincial governor Josef Puehringer said the house will be offered to a charity agency that focuses on helping people with disabilities, despite some people demanding for the “burdensome” property to be torn down.

The decision comes a day after an Interior Ministry bill — seizing the property from the owner who had previously refused to sell or renovate it — was approved by lawmakers.

The law was passed Wednesday night, ending years of disputes about the property in Braunau am Inn, according to The Guardian.

According to BBC News, the owner of the house, Gerlinde Pommer, once ran the building as a guesthouse as the government paid her so that the house wouldn’t become a tourist stop for neo-Nazis.

“It is not so seldom that neo-Nazis stop in front of the house to be photographed making the Hitler greeting,” Harry Buchmayr, a Social Democrat and Braunau resident, told parliament, according to The Guardian.

This isn’t the first time Hitler’s former home will be used for charity purposes.

A local charity for people with special needs once occupied the space before they were forced to move out several years ago after Pommer blocked renovations.

Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka was one who wanted to see the Austria house knocked down.

“The Hitler house will be torn down,” Sobotka said back in October. “The foundations can remain but a new building will be erected. It will be used by either a charity or the local authorities.”

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