House where Hitler was born to be turned into police station
A neo-Nazi shrine
The house where Adolf Hitler was born will be turned into a police station, Austria's interior ministry announced on Tuesday, after years of legal wrangling as the government looks to prevent the building from becoming a neo-Nazi shrine.
In pic - The home where Adolf Hitler was born, right, in the downtown area of Braunau am Inn, Austria. Authorities in Austria have announced plans to turn the home into a police station, in hopes of discouraging extremists from treating it as a shrine.
End to a legal battle
The yellow corner house in the northern town of Braunau on the border with Germany, where Hitler was born on April 20, 1889, was taken into government control in 2016.
But the destiny of the building was subject to a lengthy legal battle with the family of Gerlinde Pommer, which owned the house for nearly a century. That only ended this year when the country's highest court ruled on the compensation Pommer would receive.
In pic - A woman walks past a memorial reading 'For peace, liberty and democracy. Never again Fascism' in front the house where Adolf Hitler was born, in Braunau, Austria.
Place to commemorate Nazism
The interior ministry will now invite submissions from architects to have the building house the town’s police force.
"The house’s future usage by the police should set a clear signal that this building will never be a place to commemorate Nazism," Interior Minister Wolfgang Peschorn said in a press release.
Austria's highest court ruled earlier this year that Pommer was entitled to some 810,000 euros ($900,000) in compensation, less than she had sought but still more than she had been originally offered.
Pommer had been renting the 800-square-metre (8,600-square feet) property to the interior ministry since the 1970s. The government paid her around 4,800 euros a month and used it as a centre for people with disabilities.