Austrian architects to turn Hitler's birthplace into a police station

Austrian architects to turn Hitler’s birthplace into a police station

Written by Oscar Netherlands, CNN

Austria has announced Adolf Hitler’s plans to turn his birthplace into a police station after years of controversy. legal drowning through the controversial site.

The three-storey building in Braunau am Inn near the German border will begin a major renovation, which authorities hope will prevent it from becoming a place of pilgrimage for Nazi sympathizers.

Hitler was born on April 20, 1889 in an apartment building in the building, as his father worked as a customs officer in the town. The family left Braunau am Inn, part of Austria-Hungary when Hitler was three years old.

Plans to turn the site into a police station were announced for the first time last November to launch an EU-wide design competition for the renewal of the Austrian Ministry of the Interior. At that time, the authorities CNN said made a statement saying that the movement could help deter “National Socialist activity”.

The building where Adolf Hitler was born was pictured in 2015. Credit: Joe Klamar / AFP / Getty Images

Austrian Marte Marte Architects’ wine offer, explained At a press conference on Tuesday. The digital mock-ups show an expanded roof with an enlarged roof, replacing the existing yellow facade with a white facade, in line with neighboring buildings.

According to a government press release, Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said at the press conference on Tuesday that the town “became the antithesis of everything (Hitler)”.

“You can recognize a country’s democratic culture by dealing with its history, and it took a long time for Austria to face its own history.” quoted saying during the announcement. “Today we are opening a new chapter in dealing with our historical responsibility.”

Ongoing discussion

The fate of the building has long been a controversial issue in the town, many want to break down the painful reminder that Hitler spent there.

Braunau am Inn mayor Johannes Waidbacher told the Austrian newspaper in 2012 Der Standard The town is already “stamped”. The three years the Nazi dictator spent there was not “absolutely the most formative” of his life, Waidbacher added: “As the city of Braunau … World War (out) out.”
Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer presented the selected plan for architectural redesign of the house where Hitler was born

Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer presented the selected plan for architectural redesign of the house where Hitler was born Credit: JOE KLAMAR / AFP / AFP via Getty Images

Others lobbyed to turn the site into a community center.Responsibility House“The place where young people from all over the world can meet and learn about the past.”

For decades, the controversial building belonged to Gerlinde Pommer, who owned the property before the birth of his family, Hitler. The Austrian Ministry of the Interior began leasing the site in 1972 and handed it over to various charities. However, the building has been vacant since the building, which was the last disabled disabled center that was vacated in 2011.

Four years ago, the government explained the building will be demolished. He then started to force him out of Pommer, and the Interior Ministry called “special legal authority” to expropriate the property.

It followed a legal strangulation of seizures and compensation, during which time plans to demolish the building were shelved.

The exterior of the building was shown on digital models by the Austrian architectural firm Marte.Marte, who won a competition to renovate the architecture.

The exterior of the building was shown on digital models by the Austrian architectural firm Marte.Marte, who won a competition to renovate the architecture. Credit: marte.mart to

After securing the site, the Austrian government continued to worry that it could attract neo-Nazis and others who sympathize with Hitler’s ideology. “The future use of the house by the police will be a clear sign that this building will never serve to commemorate National Socialism,” said Austria’s then Minister of Internal Affairs Wolfgang Peschorn, who announced his decision to turn it into a police station last year.

Today, the only physical reminder of the building’s past is II. A memorial stone commemorating the victims of fascism during World War II. Founded in 1989Shortly before the 100th anniversary of Hitler’s birth, the stone says: “For Peace, Freedom and Democracy. Never Fascism. In Memory of Millions of Dead.”

Renovation of the building is expected to be completed in early 2023 and cost about € 5 million ($ 5.6 million).

Other buildings associated with Hitler’s administration were reused in the post-war period. Alpine retreat of the Nazi dictator, Eagle’s Nest, now restaurant and tourist placeWhere the Polish refuge center is located, Wolf lairnow includes a hotel.

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