Justice validates the purchase of the house of Adolf Hitler by the Austrian State

The Austrian Supreme Court has finally closed the case of the takeover of the dictator’s birthplace, ending a long dispute with the landlord family.

The Court ultimately upheld the sum of 810,000 euros on appeal for this 17th century yellow townhouse in the centre of Braunau-am-Inn, on the German border, where the dictator was born in 1889.

The former owner of the building had obtained in the first instance that the State pays the sum of 1.5 million euros, an amount deemed disproportionate for this building. The government had originally estimated the value at 310,000 euros.

Destroying a symbol

The Austrian State became the owner of the property in 2016 following an expropriation procedure to allow it to control the use of this building which regularly attracts neo-nazis. He had been a tenant of the building since 1972, installing in particular a centre for the handicapped, a category of the population that had been a victim of the Nazi regime.

But the owner, Gerlinde Pommer, had in 2011 vetoed all use of the building and had subsequently challenged its expropriation by all means. The Interior Ministry confirmed on Monday to launch a competition of architects to modify the building and give it a new assignment unrelated to its sulfurous past.