Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) has been an honorary citizen of the Austrian city of Wolfsberg for 87 years, advances the Spanish agency EFE. The distinction should be withdrawn this Friday, December 20, in municipal plenary.
"I knew, of course, that Hitler had honorary citizenship… What I did not know was that (the distinction) had never been abrogated," the local mayor, the Social Democrat Hans-Peter Schlagholz, told the regional newspaper. Unterkärntner Nachrichten.
As EFE recalls, the city of Reisberg, which later became the municipality of Wolfsberg, was a pioneer in Austria to honor the German dictator.
Hitler was honored as an honorary citizen in June 1932, seven months before he was appointed chancellor of Germany and six years before the German Reich annexed Austria.
“We assume that the distinction was nullified with the death of Hitler,” explains Schlagholz, mayor of the city of Wolfsberg, about 250 kilometers south of Vienna.
The municipal services explained that the distinction was never formally withdrawn or annulled. The annulment should take place this Friday, when the municipal plenary approves the withdrawal of citizenship of honor, 87 years after its assignment and 74 years after his death.
The Spanish agency also explains that the process will take place under the municipal regulation that states that the title should be revoked "if the decorated person proves to be unworthy of the distinction" in question.
Hitler committed suicide in 1945, shortly after being defeated in World War II.