Southern German town strips Hitler of honorary citizenship

Honorary title was given to Hitler by some 4,000 cities, towns in 1933; while some rescinded it, many did not.

Adolf Hitler 311 R (photo credit: REUTERS/Stringer .)
Adolf Hitler 311 R
(photo credit: REUTERS/Stringer .)
A southern Germany Bavarian town has voted on Wednesday to strip Adolf Hitler of his honorary citizenship, 80 years after granting it, the BBC reported.
The Dietramszell town council declined the resolution to rescind the award last week.
Councillor Traudi Frostl said at the time that rescinding Hitler's citizenship would be "a distortion of history."
But after a public outcry, the town council decided to issue an apology and vote unanimously to adopt the resolution.
According to the BBC, a testimony of a woman who lost her family in the Holocaust helped sway the opinion of those who opposed the resolution.
Reich President Paul von Hindenburg, who appointed Hitler, was also stripped of his honorary citizenship, according to the BBC.
Over 4,000 cities, towns and communities awarded the Führer honorary titles to mark his 44th birthday in 1933. Following the defeat of the Nazis and the fall of the Third Reich in 1945, many of those cities and towns stripped Hitler of the title, but some did not.