House where Adolf Hitler was born to be ‘torn down’ by government

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Austria’s government plans to tear down the house where Hitler was born and replace it with a new building. (Picture: AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

The house where Adolf Hitler was born will be planned down to prevent it from becoming a shrine for neo-Nazis, Austria’s government has said.

Following years of bitter legal wrangling, authorities have announced that the property will likely be ripped down to the foundations.

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A new building will then be built on the site to be used by either a charity or the local authorities.

The move was based on the recommendations of an expert committee, who were tasked with deciding what should be done with the controversial building in Braunau am Inn, Austria.

Since 2011, following a dispute between the government and property owner Gerlinde Pommer, the large, yellow house has been empty.

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Adolf Hitler was born in the house in 1889 (Picture: AP Photo)

The Pommer family had owned the corner building, where Hitler was born in 1889, for more than a century.

And in the 1970s, the government signed a lease with Pommer to turn the property into a disability centre,

However this arrangement came to an end in 2011 when the home owner randomly refused to allow any much-needed renovation works – and also rejected a purchase offer made by the interior ministry.

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Later that year, in July, the government approved legislation to seize the house from Pommer.

Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said: ‘The Hitler house will be torn down. The foundations can remain but a new building will be erected. It will be used by either a charity or the local authorities.’

An interior ministry spokesman added that the law amendment was still ‘under way’ – meaning that parliament has yet to approve the demolition.

He said: ‘But there is now a clear perspective regarding the future of the building under the ownership of the Austrian republic.’