The history of Hitler’s birthplace as a symbol that Austria has not confronted its Nazi past is the focus of a documentary in which the Austrian filmmaker Günter Schwaiger denounces the final use that will be given to the building after years of debate.
The Hitler’s birthplace continues to be a headache for the Austrian authorities. Two months after its remodeling to turn it into a police station, politicians and local citizens show their opposition. A filmmaker has made a documentary in which he denounces that Hitler wanted it to be a building for public officials.
“What is decided to do with the house, in any case must be a decision that has nothing to do with Adolf Hitler, not in the least with the expression of his will,” says director Günter Schwaiger.
Entitled “Who’s Afraid of Braunau?”, the documentary will be screened on Tuesday in front of the three-story house where Hitler spent the first months of his life.
The house was expropriated in 2017 to prevent it from becoming a magnet for neo-Nazis and has an inscription on a rock that pays tribute to the victims of Nazism.