Hitler parents' tombstone removed to deter neo-Nazis

March 30, 2012 15:25

VIENNA - The tombstone marking the grave of Adolf Hitler's parents was removed from an Austrian cemetery this week to deter neo-Nazi commemorations of the German dictator.

The owner of the grave in Leonding - an unidentified woman that Austrian media said appeared to be a distant relative of Hitler's father, Alois - asked to have the stone removed, the town's mayor, Walter Brunner, said on Friday.

"The site was not constantly being visited but things happened now and then, the last time late last autumn," he said, referring to "various actions by die-hards."

An Austrian newspaper said someone had decorated the grave site at that time with Nazi symbols. A similar incident happened on the 120th anniversary of Hitler's birth in 2009.

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