The building where Adolf Hitler was born might not be torn down, but it "will not be recognizable," according to Austrian officials.
The nation's interior minister, Wolfgang Sobotka, told The Telegraph newspaper on Monday the building would be demolished. On Tuesday, he said it might not be torn down, but overhauled.
The goal is to prevent neo-Nazis from using the building as a shrine. But some Austrian officials said it would give an impression of trying to erase history.
What took so long?
The house in Braunau am Inn, near the German border, had already been bought by the Austrian government after the home's previous owner refused to sell it for years, citing concerns that renovations would make it less of a draw for Neo-Nazis.
The new building will be used for "charitable or official purposes," Sobotka said.
Hitler's Braunau am Inn house should stand. To remind us that evil rises not from extraordinary places but from among us, from the ordinary.— Peter Nazareth (@pjnaz) October 18, 2016
Critics of the plan argue erasing history won't undo its consequences.
Others encouraged people to teach younger generations of the horrors of Hitler.
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