Hitler parents´ tombstone removed to deter neo-Nazis (REUTERS) Reporting by Michael Shields; Editing by Robin Pomeroy VIENNA, AUSTRIA 03/30/12 8:30am EDT)
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(Reuters) - 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.
The Oberoesterreichische Nachrichten said German neo-Nazis had held
vigils at the grave of customs official Alois Hitler, who died in
1903, and his third wife, Klara, Adolf Hitler´s mother, who died four
Representatives of the Upper Austrian town of 27,500 discussed the
matter with church and security officials and concluded the grave
marker should go if the owner agreed, Brunner said.
"The pastor told me she also didn´t want the grave to be used or
abused for this," he said, adding he did not know or want to know
where the tombstone now was. (© Thomson Reuters 2012. 03/30/12)
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