The following is an excerpt from afp.com | October 18, 2016 |
A new row erupted Tuesday over Austria's plans to raze the house where Adolf Hitler was born, with experts saying they opposed the demolition only a day after a decision was announced.
After a lengthy legal battle with the current owner, Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said Monday the listed property in the northern town of Braunau would be "torn down" to stop it from becoming a neo-Nazi shrine.
A new building on the site would be used by a charity or the local authorities, he told Austrian media.
Sobotka said the decision was based on recommendations from an expert committee.
But several of the panel's 13 members denied Tuesday that the commission had backed the push to bulldoze the yellow corner house where Hitler was born on April 20, 1889.
"The demolition option had been explicitly mentioned in the (government's) proposal and was not approved by us," said Clemens Jabloner, the ex-president of Austria's highest administrative court, in a joint statement with historian Oliver Rathkolb.
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