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Adolf Hitler's old home finally being converted to stop neo-Nazi pilgrimage


The home where Adolf Hitler was born is finally being converted in a bid to stop neo-Nazis journeying there.

The Austrian government is turning the building in Braunau am Inn, on the country’s border with Germany, into a police station.

It hopes the project will deter vile Third Reich admirers from using the home as part of their pilgrimage site.

On Monday, work started on the building, which will become the district police headquarters and a security academy facility where police officers will get human rights training.

However, some critics have argued the decision shows a “total lack of historical contextualisation”.

They want the building to better reflect the history of the building and use it as an exhibition about nazism.

It’s expected that the building project will be finished in early 2026.

Historian Florian Kotanko said the building project shows “a total lack of historical contextualization”. 

He claims trying to make it unrecognisable by renovating it is “impossible”.

Over the years, there has been much debate about what to do with the building.

Back in 2017, Austria’s top court ruled the government could remodel the building after its owner refused to sell it.

The three-storey building has been rented by Austria’s interior ministry since 1972 to stop misuse.

The dictator was born on April 20, 1889.  The family lived at the building in Braunau am Inn for the first two years of Hitler’s life before moving to the Austrian city of Linz.

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