Hitler's hometown revokes his honorary citizenship

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VIENNA (Reuters) - The Austrian town of Braunau, Adolf Hitler's birthplace, has revoked the Nazi dictator's honorary citizenship -- even if he never actually was awarded one.

The town council voted unanimously late Thursday to strip Hitler of any honors he may have received and which did not expire automatically when he died by his own hand in a Berlin bunker in 1945.

"Although no archival evidence could be found for the city of Braunau am Inn's awarding Adolf Hitler honorary citizenship, the awarding of honorary citizenship to Adolf Hitler is symbolically and as a precaution revoked and repealed," the council said in a statement cited by the Austria Press Agency.

The community of Ranshofen, where Hitler was born, made him an honorary citizen in 1933. Ranshofen was incorporated into Braunau in 1939.

Braunau also revoked Hitler's right of residence awarded in 1938, the year Nazi Germany annexed Austria. A debate still smolders over to what extent Austrians welcomed or resisted becoming part of the German empire.

Many towns in Austria made Hitler an honorary citizen when he was in power, and a media uproar is prompting many to now reverse course.

The town of Amstetten revoked his honorary citizenship in May, triggering a furor when two council members of the right-wing Freedom Party abstained, contending that the vote was unnecessary because the title ended with Hitler's death.

(Reporting by Michael Shields; Editing by Michael Roddy)

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Comments (7)
NashvilleDave wrote:
That’ll show him!

Jul 08, 2011 12:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bobw111 wrote:
Better 78 years late than never…

Jul 08, 2011 2:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
scepitcals wrote:
Interesting bloke ole Addy. He liked playing cowboys and indians as a kid.
He was always a white hat, the sheriff or the good guy. At least he always won.

What happened to little Addy? I suspect after many years the Sioux became Jews and we all know what happened then.
Now of course we also have the Apache, Moslems.
Who will be the next sheriff? And will he/she be able to deal with an indian uprising (already begun). Will the white hats win?
Any ideas?

Jul 09, 2011 10:56am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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