Austria plans to convert and possibly tear down the house Hitler was born in to prevent it becoming a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis, the Interior Ministry said on Monday.
Austria had already ordered the compulsory purchase of the building in Braunau am Inn, a town on the border with Germany where Adolf Hitler was born on April 20, 1889.
Now a committee of experts including historians, officials and the head of Austria's main Jewish organization has recommended that a "thorough architectural rearrangement" be carried out, and Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka intends to follow their suggestion, a spokesman for the minister said.
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Flowers are pictured in front of the house in which Adolf Hitler was born in the northern Austrian city of Braunau am Inn September 24, 2012. A suggestion to turn the Austrian house where Adolf Hitler was born into normal residential space has triggered a debate about how best to use an empty property still laden with historic baggage decades after World War Two ended. The man who became Nazi dictator was born in the house in Braunau on the Inn, a town near Salzburg on the German border, in April 1889. His family lived there only three years, but his link to the three-storey building has left an indelible mark. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler (AUSTRIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)
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Austrian newspaper Die Presse, which first reported the decision, said the house would be torn down.
"A new building will be erected," Die Presse quoted Sobotka as saying. "The house will then be used by the community either for charitable or official purposes."
A spokesman for Sobotka said that might involve tearing the building down.
"A demolition is one possibility," the spokesman said, adding that the aim was for the building to "not be recognizable". It should also not include empty spaces, he said.