Let’s Demolish Adolf Hitler’s House!
From Braunau-am-Inn, Austria, where the 500-year-old birthplace of one Adolf Hitler still stands, the news is odd: member of Russian parliament Frantz Klintsevich is trying to raise funds—to the tune of $2.8 million—in order to buy and then raze the offending structure.
To each his own! Some of us prefer to see history come alive; some, to bury it once and for all. But the latter impulse seems especially misguided in these circumstances, as the building
… had been used as a facilities for people with learning disabilities. Now it is being leased by a woman in her sixties who wishes to remain anonymous. The Austrian government has said it has only leased the home to people with no history of admiring the Austrian dictator.
Okay? So back off, Russia. You had your chance to pillage and destroy symbolic bits of architecture when you won the war. And it’s no use complaining that the other Allies wouldn’t let you—I’m sure they’d have been more than happy to warm their rations over that roaring bonfire.
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