The birthplace of Adolf Hitler in Braunau am Inn will in future be used by the police. “The future use of the house by the police should send a clear signal that this building will never be a place to commemorate National Socialism,” said Interior Minister Wolfgang Peschorn. Austria wants to prevent the measure that the yellow house in Braunau, in which Hitler was born in 1889, a place of pilgrimage.
However, before the district police command and the police inspectorate Braunau move into the house, it should be redesigned. For this purpose, an EU-wide architectural competition will be launched this month. A result of the competition is expected in the first half of 2020.
The Hitler House is after an expropriation since the beginning of 2017 in the possession of the Republic of Austria. Previously, there had been a yearlong legal battle with the family of Gerlinde Pommer , who owned the house for almost a century. The dispute ended only this year, as Austria’s Supreme Court awarded the Pommer family compensation of 810,000 euros.
The later dictator Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) spent his first months of life in the building. Although he lived on the property for only a short time, it continues to attract Nazi sympathizers from around the world.