Mayor wants Hitler stripped of honorary citizenship

25th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

The mayor said that it might put a strain on the town's relationship with organisations dedicated to remembering victims of World War II.

Berlin -- The mayor of a Bavarian town pushed on Tuesday to put an end to an embarrassing hangover from Germany's dark past: the honorary citizenship of Adolf Hitler, awarded in 1933.

"It can be perceived as a little disconcerting if a place does not officially withdraw the honorary citizenship," Matthias Thuerauf, the mayor of the town of Schwabach, said in a statement.

He said that it might put a strain on the town's relationship with organisations dedicated to remembering victims of World War II.

On Friday, local politicians will vote on the whether or not to recall the title, as well as that of senior Nazi officials Julius Streicher and Adolf Wagner.

Hitler, born in Austria, needed to become German to advance his political career. Other cities that had awarded Hitler honorary citizenship during his totalitarian reign have also revoked it.

Ahead of the 2007 G8 meeting in the German town of Heiligendamm, the town council of Bad Doberan -- to which Heiligendamm belongs -- voted unanimously to revoke the honorary citizenship conferred on Hitler in 1932.

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