Adolf Hitler’s Birthplace to be Destroyed by Austrian Government

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Adolf Hitler’s Birthplace to be Destroyed by Austrian Government

Daniel Carvalheiro-Santos, Staff Writer

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The Austrian Government is contemplating tearing down the house in which Adolf Hitler was born. While some consider this a just act, others oppose it due to the significance of Adolf Hitler in world history. In the last few years, the Austrian government reported an increase in pilgrimages by neo-nazis to the birthplace of the former German Fuhrer, leading the government to push for its destruction.

Adolf Hitler lived a modest life in Austria, where he was born in 1889. Hitler grew up as a mediocre student who didn’t care about his education.  Upon finishing  high school,  he harbored no aspirations for his life. He tried joining the German army at the start of World War I however, they rejected him due to insufficient physical build. With little hope, he attempted to join the Austrian army and was accepted. During World War I, he was injured, causing what many believe is modern-day post-traumatic stress disorder. His bitterness and anger fostered a desire to fight back against the world and he soon yearned for total control and power as he tried to overtake the German government, eventually leading to his imprisonment.  While in prison, he wrote his famous book “Mein Kampf” or “My Struggles” which began a major fascist movement that led to his election as chancellor. After the death of President Paul von Hindenburg, he succeeded and became the savage murderer whose infamy cannot be erased from the pages of history.  

By destroying his boyhood home, Austria is attempting to do just that:  erase Hitler’s horrendous acts from recent memory, destroying any remnants of the greatest monster of modern times. Many people have mixed emotions about the destruction of this edifice in Austria. Even some historians in Austria are calling for a conversion of the house instead of its complete destruction. However, the Austrian government is not yielding, persevering in its plans to destroy the house and build a new structure that will serve for municipal use, such as “charities or official purposes”.   

While many neo-nazis see this location as a place to pay homage, it clearly stands as a stark reminder of the pain and suffering inflicted on fellow humans by an out-of-control leader. In fact, directly in front of the structure is a plaque which reads, “For peace, freedom, and democracy, never again fascism, millions of dead are a warning”. Tearing this building apart, brick by brick will never undo the past, however for those who have suffered, directly or indirectly, under the wrath of Hitler’s murderous regime, it will surely be one less vivid reminder of a past we would all soon forget. 

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