Vienna, 13 Jan. The conversion of the birthplace of the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) in Braunau am Inn (Austria) into a police station will cost about 20 million euros (21.6 million dollars), much more expensive than initially expected , local media reported this Friday.
The controversial project, decided three years ago after the opinion of a commission of experts, in order to prevent the house from becoming a sanctuary for neo-Nazi groups and right-wing extremists, had an initial budget of 5 million euros.
Last year, that budget was increased to 11 million euros, which has now become 20 million, according to data from the Ministry of the Interior.
Works to start the conversion of the building, located in the center of Braunau am Inn, an Austrian town of about 16,000 inhabitants near the German border, will begin after next summer and will last until the end of 2025.
According to the local newspaper OEN, the works have been postponed and postponed first due to the coronavirus pandemic and now due to the complicated situation in the construction sector, given the notable shortage of materials.
Hitler’s birthplace was involved in controversy for years and, after a long legal dispute between the previous owner and the State, the Austrian government decided in 2017 to expropriate the building and in 2019 to convert it into a police station.
In this way, the authorities hope to eliminate any relationship between the building and the Nazi dictator, although near the place there will continue to be a monument in memory of the victims of Nazism. EFE