Austria to convert Hitler's house into human rights centre

The house in Braunau am Inn where Hitler was born will house a police station as well


1936: German dictator Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945) discussing plans for a new administration building for the provincial government in Weimar, Germany.Second from the left is Hitler's architect Albert Speer (1905 - 1981). (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

(JNS) Austrian authorities will press forward with a plan to convert Adolf Hitler's first home into a police station, replete with a human rights training center, AFP reported on Monday.

Hitler was born on April 20, 1889, in the town of Braunau am Inn in modern-day Austria, and lived there until the age of three.

In 2016, the Austrian government took control of the building in a bid to prevent it from becoming a neo-Nazi shrine.

The expropriation came after years of legal wrangling with the building's longtime owner, Gerlinde Pommer, who had been renting the property to the Interior Ministry since the 1970s and refused to sell or adequately maintain it.

Austrian director Guenter Schwaiger, who is due to release a documentary about the house later this month, told AFP that plans will "always be suspected" of being "in line with the dictator's [Hitler] wishes."

Schwaiger cited the discovery of a local newspaper article from May 10, 1939, saying Hitler's wish was to have his birth home converted into offices for local authorities.
Schwaiger called on the Austrian government to rethink the move.

The renovations are set to begin on Oct. 2, with the controversial redesign of the 8,600 square foot corner house estimated to cost some $21.76 million.

The project is expected to be completed by 2025, with the police station becoming operational the following year.

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