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September 22, 2012

Adolf Hitler's birth house may be turned into apartments

London: The pub where Adolf Hitler was born in the Austrian town of Branau-am-Inn could now be turned into flats, it has been revealed. The mayor of Braunau, Hannes Waidbacher, who opposes alternative proposals for a Holocaust museum at the site, believes turning the Gasthaus zum Pommer into family homes would be one way of “destigmatising” the town. If the plan - approved by the mayor and proposed by a local building consortium - was accepted it would mean the room where Hitler was born would become a bedroom in self-contained apartments with state-of-the-art kitchens and bathrooms, the Daily Mail reported. The apartments would go on the market for an estimated 400,000 pounds each. Experts said that such a plan would require vigorous vetting of prospective buyers to ensure that a single flat - or indeed the entire property - did not fall into the hands of neo-Nazis masking their real identities. The little Austrian town separated from Germany by a short bridge over the River Inn, is still visited by hordes of far-right fanatics each year who come to pay homage at the site where the Fuhrer was born on April 20 1889. It was until recently used as a workshop for the mentally and physically disabled; the sort of people Hitler deemed as “useless eaters” and the first to die in the Third Reich’s secret euthanasia campaign before WWII. But it has been empty for a year now with the state picking up the bill for the lease and a debate raging about what to do with the two-storey listed building.

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