Austrian authorities will turn the house in Braunau am Inn, where future Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler was born in 1889, into a police station, the Republican interior Ministry said.
In 2017, the Austrian constitutional court approved the legality of the expropriation of the house. Thus, the court recognized the constitutionality of the decision of the Austrian authorities, who seized the house from the owner, fearing that it could become a place of pilgrimage for neo-Nazis. The Interior Ministry noted that the former owner of the house was paid compensation of 812 thousand euros.
“The future use of the house by the police should clearly show that this building will no longer resemble national socialism,” said Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Peshorn.
In a press release, the Interior Ministry noted that to carry out the redevelopment of the building, the authorities will initiate an architectural competition within the EU, the results of which will be known in the first half of 2020. Projects should “contain an innovative spatial and functional concept” for the use of the building for the needs of the police.