- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Austrian government is one step closer to possibly demolishing the boyhood home of Adolf Hitler, its most infamous native son.

Legislation has been passed permitting authorities to seize the three story residence in Branau. The family which owns it now will be compensated for the property’s value, United Press International reported Thursday.

The building routinely attracted Nazi sympathizers despite government efforts to ensure it was used for other purposes, UPI reported.

Braunau resident and Parliament member Harry Buchmayr said neo-Nazis often “stop in front of the house to be photographed” while making the Hitler straight-arm salute, UPI reported.

It’s unclear what exactly the government will do with the property. Options include commercial redevelopment of the property or making it some sort of memorial, UPI reported. Or the government could raze the building entirely, an option favored by many Jewish leaders.

The move to expropriate Hitler’s birthplace comes nearly a year after the Jan. 1 expiration of the copyright on Hitler’s memoir “Mein Kampf,” which had long been held by the German state of Bavaria. Now in the public domain, it proved a hit in Germany, where it peaked in mid-April on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list, the BBC reported in June.

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