The world’s most controversial house is in the small town of Braunau am Inn in Austria. How can a small house like this lead to so many emotions? The answer is that this was Adolf Hitler’s birthplace.
Adolf Hitler’s birthplace: Braunau am Inn
Braunau am Inn is located almost on the border between Germany and Austria. It is an idyllic city whose old buildings are restored and maintained carefully.
In a quiet walk along the main street, the sidewalk of a pavement suddenly breaks out of a large rock. By the way, there is no sign or explanation why a stone is located here.
A stone from concentration camp Mauthausen
The stone, which comes from the concentration camp Mauthausen, is located outside the common house at Salzburger Vorstadt 15. A certificate from 1890 states that in this house Adolf Hitler’s parents, Alois Hitler and Klara lived together with Adolf and his siblings. The house was at that time a rental house.
Adolf Hitler’s birthplace was unknown
Where Adolf Hitler’s birthplace was located seems until 1934 to be unknown. This year, a local newspaper publishes an article about Adolf Hitler and points out the house at Salzburger Vorstadt 15 as the birthplace.
The article’s statement is unofficially confirmed when the party top Martin Bormann buys the house for the party’s behalf. The house was transformed into a kind of cultural center, with art gallery and library.
When US forces later conquered Braunau am Inn in 1945, the house was used as a showroom around the phases that had taken place in the concentration camps.
After world war 2
The town of Braunau am Inn has wanted to forget about the relationship with Adolf Hitler. Therefore, there is no sign indicating the historical past of the house. Another explanation for the lack of labeling is to avoid becoming a kind of pilgrimage place for Hitler sympathizers.
The only thing that stands out today is the stone outside. It was placed there in 1989 on an initiative of the city’s mayor.
The house had remained empty for many years until 2014, but now there is an exhibition about crimes committed by the National Socialist regime of the Third Reich.
The inscription on the memorial outside is:
“For peace, freedom, and democracy: never more fascism: millions of death remind us”