The Austrian government has been fighting for years to decide what to do with Adolf Hitler’s birthplace, and also thought about demolishing it. The building will now house a police station to deter neo-Nazi tourism. The building in which Adolf Hitler spent the first months of his life is now becoming a regional police headquarters, the Austrian government said on Tuesday.
“The future use of the building by the police will be an unmistakable signal that this building will never serve the memory of Nazism,” said Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Peschorn in a statement.
Extremists had traveled to the city to be photographed in front of the house, reported the news agency DPA, citing local witnesses. The police will not intervene immediately as the government organizes an EU-wide architectural competition to redesign the building and the exterior.
According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the winner of the competition is expected to be announced in the first half of 2020.