Austrian city set to pull Hitler honour

2011-05-24 18:02

Amstetten - It's taken 66 years - but it looks like the Austrian city of Amstetten is about to strike Adolf Hitler's name from its list of honourary citizens.

Mayor Herbert Katzengruber says a municipal council meeting slated for later on Tuesday is expected to agree to remove the Nazi dictator's name at the request of a council member from the environmentalist Green party.

Katzengruber suggested he saw no reason to do that earlier. He told the Austria Press Agency that many experts hold that honorary citizenship expires when a person dies.

He says he hopes for "wide support" for the motion to remove Hitler's name.

Like Amstetten, many Austrian towns declared Hitler an honourary citizen after Nazi Germany annexed Austria in 1938.

Most municipalities removed his name when the war ended in 1945.

  • GT - 2011-05-24 18:23

    Ah, Austria, the little police state that convinced the world that Hitler was German and Mozart was Viennese.

  • Goddok - 2011-05-24 18:35

    Whatever they do, history cannot be changed. Some people cannot move on. Does it matter. The war ended 66 years ago and most of those who participated in it is already dead. - 2011-05-24 18:48

      It DOES matter! If somebody wronged your family would you keep their portrait hanging in your home even 100 years later? In a free world you honor GOOD people and deed NOT EVIL!

      Win14 - 2011-05-24 18:56

      Yes: does it matter? And to whom? Well ... unless "they" use him to show the world the first and only INCORRUPTIBLE politician who ever got to the position of Head of State !! Sure, he was a murderous swine and probably the greatest racist of all times, BUT: no-one was ever able to buy him or sway him or weaken him. So perhaps he should keep at least one honorary citizenship forever more .. because there will never be anyone like him ever. Yes, it sounds blasphemous what I am going to say now, but the only other entirely incorruptible leader that I can think of was Jesus Christ. And the Jews don't like either of them.

  • aryantoo - 2011-05-24 21:21

    Win 14 You a spot on

  • Boxertronic - 2011-05-25 14:08


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