Hitler house in Austria to become police station

Birth house Adolf Hitler - Braunau am Inn, Austria. Image: Pavel Špindler CC BY 3.0.

The building where Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was born in Austria will be turned into a police station, officials have announced. Hitler spent the first few weeks of his life in a flat in the 17th-Century building in the town of Braunau am Inn.

For decades, the government rented it from its former owner in an attempt to stop far-right tourism. It was once a day-care centre for disabled people, but this ended when owner Gerlinde Pommer objected to plans to make it more wheelchair-friendly and then refused all government offers to buy it or carry out renovations.

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