A court has told the Austrian government to pay more than a million euros to the former owner of the house where Adolf Hitler was born. Concerned that neo-Nazis might erect some type of shrine to Hitler, the Austrian government took over the lease shortly thereafter using a compulsory purchase order.
The district court in the northern Austrian town of Ried im Innkreis decided that the government had substantially short-changed the property owner with its compulsory purchase order.
It ordered the government to pay the owner, Gerlinde Pommer, €1.5 million ($1.7 million), matching the amount that the owner’s legal team had been looking for after commissioning a valuation of the property in Braunau am Inn.
So far, the state has only paid out €310,000.