Story from The Daily Mail, May 26, 2011:
The Austrian town where incest monster Josef Fritzl lived has revoked the honorary citizenship of Adolf Hitler.
The town council of Amstetten, 95 miles from Vienna, approved the motion in a bid to banish its ties to the Nazis ahead of its 900-year anniversary.
It comes just three weeks after the council approved plans to tear down Fritzl’s house of horrors.
Mayor Herbert Katzengruber said the decision to declare the title ‘null and void’ was approved by a large majority in the chamber.
But it followed an emotional debate where two council members of the right-wing Freedom Party abstained.
They contended that the vote was unnecessary because the title ended with Hitler’s death in 1945.
The debate was started by Green Party councillor Raphael Lueger, who said a town historian had revealed the honorary citizenship in 1996.
Hitler, an Austrian, visited Amstetten in 1939 and was granted the title, Mr Lueger said.
Other senior Nazis were also given honorary citizenship in Amstetten, as elsewhere in Austria, he claimed.
There is a long-standing public debate in Austria about the extent to which local people were victims or accomplices of Nazism.
The country was annexed by Nazi Germany in 1938.
A poll on the 70-year anniversary of Hitler’s takeover showed 60 percent of Austrians were weary of talk about the Nazi past and wanted an end to it.
Amstetten shot to notoriety in 2008 when police revealed Josef Fritzl had imprisoned his daughter in a cellar under his house there for 24 years and fathered seven children with her.
His house, on Ybbsstrasse, became a world-wide symbol of evil after the revelations.
Planning officials at Amstetten City Hall approved an application to pull down the house in a secret closed session earlier this month. Fritzl is serving a life sentence for the crimes.