Hitler's hometown revokes his honorary citizenship

By REUTERS
July 8, 2011 15:50

VIENNA - 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 on 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citizenship, the awarding of honorary citizenship to Adolf Hitler is symbolically and as a precaution revoked and repealed," the council said in a statement cited by the Austria Press Agency.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.


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