An Austrian house where Adolf Hitler was born is being put up for sale amid frantic efforts by authorities to block the auction over fears it could fall into the hands of neo-Nazis who would turn it into a memorial for the Nazi dictator.
Hitler's mother Klara and father Alois rented a suite of rooms above a pub and lived in the apartment until 1892 when they moved to Linz.
The owner of the house in Braunau-am-Inn where Hitler was born on April 20, 1889, wants to put it on the market with a likely asking price of over 2 million pounds, The Scotsman newspaper reported today.
The local authority in Braunau-am-Inn has vowed to resist the sale to private individuals because it fears the house could end up in the hands of extreme right-wingers, it said.
The local council, which is facing financil problem, plans to appeal to the government in Vienna to help with the purchase.
The mayor of Braunau, Gerhard Skiba, said ideally the town council would like to purchase it and so control its future fate.
But there is not enough money in the coffers to buy Salzburger Vorstadt 15. Skiba says he will appeal to the government in Vienna to help the town purchase the property if the owner goes ahead with the sale, the report said.