House of Responsibility

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Gerhard Skiba, Andreas Maislinger and Austrian Holocaust Memorial Servants in front of Hitler's Birthhouse.

The House of Responsibility in Braunau am Inn (HRB) is a concept to establish an international meeting place for young people to work on projects about the past, present and future in Hitler's birth house. The house is located in the upper-Austrian town of Braunau am Inn. The former tavern was a cultural center for the Nazi party during the Third Reich. After the heritage house was used as a homestead as well as a workshop for people with disabilities it is now standing empty since 2011.

Braunau sets a sign[edit]

After the FPÖ (Austrian Freedom Party) took part in the government under Jörg Haider in early 2000, the "Braunauer Rundschau" (Braunau review) started to collect signatures under the slogan "Braunau setzt ein Zeichen" (Braunau sets a sign).[1][2] Andreas Maislinger, an Austrian historian and founder of Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service and Braunau Contemporary History Days, reacted on the call and suggested setting up a House of Responsibility in the house where Adolf Hitler was born.[3]

Past – Present – Future[edit]

The "Braunau review" presented the idea of Andreas Maislinger on May 4, 2000:

Concept HRB

(Translated)

Volunteers from EU-countries, Austrian Zivildieners and former Austrian Servants Abroad should work and live together in the house. Because of this there should take place a constant exchange of ideas. The 'House of Responsibility' should be something completely new, split into three stories, where the 'unwanted inheritance' and the refurbishment of the background of the NS should take place on the first floor. The second floor will be devoted to the present, and concrete help for people will be offered for example by the Austrian Service Abroad and also by human rights – and third-world projects. On the third floor ideas for a more peaceful future should be worked out.

Philosophical basis for this project is the book 'Das Prinzip Verantwortung' (The concept responsibility) written by Hans Jonas in 1979.

Realisation[edit]

The project couldn't be realized in the following years but the idea of taking responsibility remained.[4] In 2005 the owner of a house close to where Hitler was born offered his house for the project. In 2002 members of Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service (AHMS) remembered the Austrian Righteous Among the Nations in front of Hitler's birth house.[5] In October 2009 mayor Gerhard Skiba argued for the first time in support of a 'House of Peace' or 'House of Responsibility' in Hitler's Birthhouse in Austria's Newspaper Kurier.[6][7]

In the first half of 2014 the HRB gained increasing support by the public and by acknowledged international organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League in New York, the Auschwitz Jewish Center in Oswiecim, the European Roma Rights Center in Budapest and the John Rabe and International Safety Zone Memorial Hall in Nanjing.[8] The final decision upon the use of Hitler's birth house has not been made yet.

Supporters[edit]

Argentina
Erika Rosenberg
Austria
Emil Brix, Erhard Busek, Valie Export, Franz Fischler, Alfred Gusenbauer, Ludwig Laher, Ferdinand Trauttmansdorff
Brazil
Alberto Dines
China
Pan Guang
France
Michel Cullin, Beate Klarsfeld
Germany
Markus Ferber, Stefan Klein
Hungary
György Dalos, Paul Lendvai
Israel
Ben Segenreich, Moshe Zimmermann
Poland
Wladyslaw Bartoszewski
Russia
Ilya Altman
Sweden
Gerald Nagler
Switzerland
Beat Wyss
Ukraine
Borys Sabarko
United Kingdom
Ladislaus Löb
United States
Abraham Foxman, Branko Lustig

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