Austrian House Where Hitler Was Born to House Charity Agency

VIENNA (AP) -
Adolf Hitler's birth house in Braunau am Inn, Austria. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson, File)
Adolf Hitler’s birth house in Braunau am Inn, Austria. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson, File)

Austrian government officials have decided to transform the home where Adolf Hitler was born in 1889 into a base for a charity, not tear down the property as some demanded.

Thursday’s decision comes a day after lawmakers overwhelmingly approved an Interior Ministry bill to dispossess the owner, who had refused to sell the empty building in Braunau am Inn, a town on Austria’s border with Germany.

Provincial governor Josef Puehringer says destroying the structure would have fueled accusations of “tearing down a piece of burdensome history.”

Instead, officials want to remodel the property’s facade to eliminate its draw as a shrine for neo-Nazis.

Puehringer says the house will be offered to an agency running a workshop for disabled people.