Austria Seizes Hitler’s House to Keep From Neo-Nazis–BBC

Exterior view of Adolf Hitler's birthhouse in Braunau am Inn, on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 in Austria. Adolf Hitler was born in this house in Braunau am Inn, Austria, on 20 April 1889. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)
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This article first appeared in the  BBC News.

The Austrian government says it plans to seize the house where Adolf Hitler was born to stop it being a focal point for Nazi sympathizers.

Officials say the decision was taken after several years of discussion about how to prevent neo-Nazi interest.

Hitler was born in the house in the town of Braunau am Inn in April, 1889.

The property has been leased from its owner by the government since 1972, and it was used for many years as a centre for people with disabilities.

But it fell empty in 2011 following a dispute between the government and the owner, Gerlinde Pommer, who refused to grant permission for renovation.

The new plan would include an offer of compensation from the state to her, interior ministry spokesman Karl-Heinz Grundboeck told AFP news agency.

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