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April 9, 2012

Tombstone on grave of Hitler’s parents has been removed…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 2:01 pm

Grave stone for Hitler's parents has been removed from cemetery in Austria

I was shocked to read this on the website of Carolyn Yeager:

The tasteful headstone that marked the resting place of Alois and Klara Hitler in the Leonding churchyard since before WWI. It was removed Wednesday by timid German-Austrian Catholics in service to Jewish hatred and Jewish desire to obliterate history they don’t like because it does not serve their interests. This gravestone in the cemetery near Linz, Austria makes Adolf Hitler seem all too human.

My photo of cemetery in Leonding, Austria. Grave of Hitler's parents is on the right

My photo of gravestone of Hitler's parents

I love German cemeteries.  The graves are like tiny flower gardens.  As Beatrix Potter famously wrote: You will not find a faded leaf  Or blighted blossom there.  The grave of Hitler’s parents was quite modest.  Nothing ostentatious.  I can’t believe that anyone would dishonor Alois and Klara Hitler, who never did anything wrong.  It’s not their fault that their son grew up to be Adolf Hitler. They were long dead before little “Adi” became the Chancellor of Germany.

Apparently, this grave site will now be used to bury someone else. Grave sites are leased for 10 years and the lease must be renewed every 10 years. This is commonly done in Germany and Austria where bodies are buried on top of other bodies after a few years.  The grave stone for Hitler’s parents is now gone, but that won’t keep people from visiting the former grave.

Das Haus des Führers - Michaelsbergstrasse 16, Leonding, Austria

The photo above shows Adolf Hitler’s boyhood home, which is located across the street from the cemetery in the town of Leonding, Austria.  Leonding is located 5 kilometers (3 miles) southwest of Linz, Austria. Adolf Hitler moved there with his family in November 1898 when he was 9 years old. He lived with his family in this house at Number 16 Michaelsbergstrasse for seven years.

I took a taxi from Linz, Austria to Leonding and told the driver that I wanted to visit Hitler’s boyhood home.  The driver dropped me off on Michaelsbergstrasse a few yards from the house.  I had seen photos of the house, so I knew which house it was. As I started walking across the street to the house, an elderly couple spoke to me, but I couldn’t understand what they were saying because Austrians speak a dialect that is different from the High German that I learned in German class.  They seemed to be angry that I was walking towards this unmarked house; they were probably trying to tell me that I was treading on dangerous ground.  I was the only person there who was looking at the house.

I had done some research before my trip and I knew that the Hitler grave was under a big fir tree.  I had no trouble finding it.  I had also read that people in Austria are reluctant to point out the grave to visitors.

St. Michael's church and cemetery is across the street from Hitler's boyhood home

Hitler’s childhood home is located directly across the street from the cemetery in Leonding, Austria. It is the yellow house shown on the right in the photo above. Adolf Hitler’s baby brother Edmund and his parents are buried in the cemetery across the street from the Hitler family home. Edmund died of measles on February 2, 1900.

St. Michael's church in Leonding; Hitler grave site is on the left under the fir tree

Yellow house in the background is Hitler's boyhood home.

Side view of the giant fir tree and the tombstone which has been removed

2 Comments »

  1. Leave the dead alone.
    No matter what they did in life, they are no longer here and can’t protect themselves.
    To disturb a grave means we are no better than what they did.

    George Vreeland Hill

    Comment by georgevreelandhill2010 — November 4, 2013 @ 12:54 am

  2. Thank you, fg, for all these great photographs. I’m going to save them all; maybe put your whole article on my website. I’m really upset about this grave removal because it is totally unnecessary — just a hateful political act. Alois Hitler was a respected Austrian customs official; Klara was a good, devout woman — how could the Catholic Church treat them like this? Their weakness cannot be excused, but it’s a fact they were continually badgered by this “anti-racist” organization made up of Jews, left-wingers and homosexuals. Robert Eiter, whose last name means “pus” in German, appears to be a homosexual.

    If that grave stone managed to stay there for all these years, why remove it now? The 10 year lease thing is over-rated — It’s not a universal practice in Austria. Someone could have **easily** been found to take over the cost of upkeep, but they did not make any effort in that direction. They wanted to find an excuse to destroy that grave, just as German churchmen yanked Rudolf Hess out of his resting place last summer, and removed all markers that his wife and parents are still under the ground. It is also now available for “someone else” to buy, just as the Hitler grave is. It’s beyond shameful that the German and Austrian people accept such behavior.

    What’s worse, I imagine the monument has already been bludgeoned into pieces (along with the couple’s pictures) and thrown into a dump, so it can never be found by anyone.

    I suppose Hitler’s childhood home will be next. There is an agenda afoot to destroy everything that can inspire any right-wing sentiment by reminding people of a positive past. This is a serious “Orwell 1984″ type situation which should be resisted. But there is no resistance to anything.

    P.S. I think you make too much of the difference in dialect in Austria. I understand it’s just a little softer, less sharp, but otherwise the same. Naturally they have some of their own words and expressions. So an Austrian friend tells me.

    Comment by Carolyn Yeager — April 9, 2012 @ 10:06 pm


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