The Austrian city of Braunau am Inn, the birthplace of dictator Adolf Hitler, voted to keep the anti-fascism memorial erected in front of the former house of the leader of the National Socialist Party.
The monument, erected in 1989, is a stone marked “For peace, freedom and democracy, never again fascism, millions of dead remind us of it”, and its position had been the subject of debate in recent weeks. The building in which Hitler lived until his death lived to be a police station.
Although a commission of experts from the Austrian government decided to move the monument – and to change the inscription to reflect Austria’s complicity in the crimes of the Nazis – the city council has decided to keep the monument in its current position.
“The text was correct in 1989 and is still correct today,” said the city’s deputy mayor and member of the far-right freedom party, Hubert Esterbauer.
The building has been an occasional meeting point for neo-Nazi groups who want to pay tribute to the figure of the dictator for five decades. The authorities want to prevent this phenomenon with its conversion into a police station and the resulting redesign of its facade, windows and roof, all renovated during the Nazi regime.