Austrian city strips Hitler of its honorary citizenship

May 25th, 2011 - 6:44 am ICT by IANS  

Vienna, May 25 (IANS) An Austrian city in the Lower Austria state, has decided to strip the German dictator, Adolf Hitler, of his honorary citizenship, Xinhua reported Wednesday.

The city government of Amstetten, a small Austrian city of the State of Lower Austria, decided Tuesday to strip the Nazi leader of his honorary citizenship.

Herbert Katzengruber, mayor of Amstetten said that an ” absolute majority” in the City Council meeting earlier on the day decided to strip the honorary citizenship of the Nazi leader.

Mayor Katzengruber said that the local people have been discussing for many years on whether to remove Hitler’s honorary citizenship or not.

Some people held that the honorary citizenship would lapse automatically after one’s death. Therefore, Hitler has no longer been an honorary citizen of the city.

However, others argued that the city government should take some measures on this issue.

Amstetten has a resident population of 23,000.

It is reported that the Nazi leader visited Amstetten in 1938. A year later, the city government of Amstetten decided to grant Hitler of honorary citizenship. After the end of World War II, it was forgotten by the people in the city but was under discussion once again after 1996.

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