Social services offered at Hitler’s birthplace

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A stone from the quarry at Mauthausen is a memorial outside the house (Photo: Jo Oh)

After many temporary uses, Hitler’s birthplace in Braunau am Inn might have found a long-term purpose. The city has entered into promising talks with Volkshilfe (People’s Aid). Their idea: Turning the premises into an integration office, offering social aid and language lessons for migrants.

After WWII, Hitler’s birth house served as a school, bank, city library, most recently housed a workshop for disabled people and has been empty since the beginning of 2012.

The municipality abandoned the idea of turning the house into apartments, for fear of attracting neo-Nazis. Officials advise against creating a memorial at the site, says Harry Buchmayr (SPÖ) "Hitler may have been born there, but otherwise nothing of significance happened there."

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