September 30, 2012

Little House In Braunau

The mayor of the town of Braunau, Austria has proposed that the birthplace of the town's most “infamous son” be turned into flats (Brit-speak for apartments).

This is the house where Ma & Pa Hitler lived, and where little Adolf was born (see below).

Turns out the residents of this town withdrew “honorary citizenship” from Adolf only last year, i.e., 70 years after he murdered and committed mass atrocities against MILLIONS of people.

Of course, this should surprise no one, as the Austrians have a tendency to honor their Nazis.

Another infamous son was Austria's Kurt Waldheim. Waldheim served in the Nazi Wehrmacht during World War II and in1948 was wanted for war crimes by the UN War Crimes Commission. Of course, 24 years later, Waldheim the Nazi went on to serve two terms as Secretary General of that very same organization (which should tell you something, in general, about the UN…).

Thereafter, while running for president in 1985, it came to light that Waldheim had participated in Nazi atrocities.  Of course that didn’t stop the Austrian people from electing him as their president. Accordingly, Waldheim the Nazi went on to serve as President of Austria from 1986 to 1992  (which should tell you something, in general, about Austria…).  |  September 28, 2012

Town Struggles To Find Someone To Live In Hitler's House

The dark shadows of the past have returned to haunt an Austrian town as it wrestles with what to do with the house where Adolf Hitler was born.

By Matthew Day

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Hitler was born in this building in April 1889 while his father, a customs official, was posted in Braunau, a small town near Salzburg on the German border. Photo: AP

The mayor of the town of Braunau has proposed that the birthplace of the town's most infamous son be turned into flats. Converting the attractive 500-year-old building into flats, he hopes, will bury an unwanted past, and a past, the mayor feels, the town has done more than enough to atone for.

"We are already stigmatised. Hitler spent just three years of his life here, and they were not the most formative years," Johannes Waidbacher, the mayor, told the Austrian newspaper Der Standard. "So we in the city of Braunau are not willing to assume the responsibility for the outbreak of the Second World War." The mayor made the proposal after a disabled centre, the previous tenants of the "Hitler house", moved to new premises.

Hitler was born in the building in April 1889 while his father, a customs official, was posted in Braunau, a small town near Salzburg on the German border. When Adolf's father received a new posting three years later the Hitlers moved but left the town with an unfortunate legacy.

A small memorial stone reminding people of the millions who perished as a result of Hitler's murderous rule lies near the building, and Mr Waidbacher believes the town needs no more such memorials.

"You have to ask the question whether another Holocaust memorial makes sense when there are already so many," he said.

But the mayor's proposals have attracted accusations of indifference to the past, and raised fears that the flats will become a must-buy or must-see attraction for neo-fascists.

Harry Buchmayr, a local councillor, says that the building already attracts "unwanted" visitors, mainly neo-Nazis wanting to pay homage to the late dictator, and is concerned that converting the building into flats will just attract more.

Others question as to just who would want to live in a house with such a distinctive history, while other residents of Braunau – only withdrew honorary citizenship from Hitler last year- feel the building should become a "house of responsibility" where people can meet to discuss the lessons of the past.

But the ultimate arbiter on just what will happen to Hitler's birthplace is its mysterious owner, from whom Austria's interior ministry has rented the building since 1972. Her name remains unknown and so far she has shunned all publicity.

Original article here.


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