Adolf Hitler an ‘honorary citizen’ of Austria?

An unsettling argument in Austria as towns try to remove the title¬† ‘honorary citizen’ bestowed upon Adolf Hitler

The Austrian town of Amstetten has announced it was revoking Adolf Hitler’s honorary title, given to him in 1939. Hitler visited Amstetten – west of Vienna – in 1938 after the Germans annexed the country.

adolf hitlerAdolf Hitler in Vienna in 1938

The Green Party sponsored the move to strike his name from the honors list. Predictably. members of the far-right Freedom Party opposed the move.

Adolf Hitler still has his supporters in Europe and removing Hitler’s name from honor rolls in Austria is seen as a move to distance Austria from the legacy of it’s Nazi past.

The mayor of the southern city of Klagenfurt, Christian Scheider, did not even wait for a debate on the issue, but used emergency powers to officially strike Hitler’s name from the city’s roll of honor.

He said he wanted to distance Klagenfurt from the crimes of Nazism and had filed the following motion:

“If it should emerge that Adolf Hitler ever received an honorary citizenship of the provincial capital Klagenfurt from anyone – a supposition which lies before us – this is officially revoked and disallowed.” Historians in Klagenfurt have found Nazi-era newspapers that describe the ceremony honoring Hitler in 1938.

The British supporters of Adolf Hitler

Fear and ignorance have seen the rise and consolidation of right-wing organizations in Europe, especially Great Britain, such as the British National Party (BNP) and it’s violent little brother, Combat 18. The “18” represents the first and eighth letters of the alphabet, AH.

A few years back BNP supporters upset many decent Britons, when they gave the Nazi salute at a war memorial in Staffordshire. There is a movement to encourage Google (who own Blogspot) and a major internet provider, to clamp down and prosecute hate sites operating in the U.S. and Europe.

adolf hitlerBNP supporters at a war memorial

Adolf Hitler is a hard man to kill.

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4 Responses to Adolf Hitler an ‘honorary citizen’ of Austria?

  1. A Michael J. Scott

    May 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Actually Hitler was an Austrian citizen given that he was born there. In those days they gave out honorary titles for regions and towns. I don’t know if they still do, but Austria can never escape the fact that Adolf is one of theirs!

  2. Holte Ender

    May 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Hitler was born on the Austrian/German border lands, his family moved to Germany proper when he was two years-old, Hitler always saw himself as German which put him conflict with his Austrian monarchy-loving father.

    • Michael John Scott

      May 28, 2011 at 2:17 pm

      Very true. His father was a civil servant who happened to be a strict taskmaster.

  3. RickRay

    May 28, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    And remember, look it up if you don’t believe me, Hitler was a choir boy in the catholic church and believed in god…in his own weird way. Nothing like being in cahoots with the pope too.