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FILE - This Sept. 27, 2012 file picture shows an exterior view of Adolf Hitler's birth house, front, in Braunau am Inn, Austria. Austria's government said on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 that it plans to tear down the house where Hitler was born and replace it with a new building. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson, File)

Austria will either tear down or completely redesign Adolf Hitler's birthplace


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.

Critics of the plan argue erasing history won't undo its consequences.

Others encouraged people to teach younger generations of the horrors of Hitler.

Should Hitler's childhood home be destroyed?

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