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House where Hitler was born to become police precinct

The building in Braunau am Inn, Austria, has become a pilgrimage site for people who glorify the Nazi dictator.

An exterior view of Adolf Hitler’s birth house, front, in Braunau am Inn, Austria (Kerstin Joensson/AP)
An exterior view of Adolf Hitler’s birth house, front, in Braunau am Inn, Austria (Kerstin Joensson/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

The house where Adolf Hitler was born in 1889 will become a police precinct, Austrian authorities have said.

The move ends years of uncertainty over the building, which has become a pilgrimage site for people who glorify the Nazi dictator.

Interior minister Wolfgang Peschorn said the “future use of the house by the police should send an unmistakable signal that this building will forever be removed from the commemoration of national socialism”.

Nazi Germany annexed Austria in 1938, shortly before launching a campaign of military conquest and racist extermination across Europe that cost tens of millions of lives.

The house in Braunau am Inn, near the German border, will be redesigned following an international architectural competition.

It was expropriated from the previous owner in 2017.

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