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The Austrian government announced on Monday its plans to demolish the house where Adolf Hitler was born 127 years ago.

The house, located in Hitler's hometown of Braunau am Inn _ 285 kilometers (177 miles) to the west of Vienna and next to the German border _ is set to be replaced with a new building for official or charitable purposes.

"Hitler's house will be torn down," Austria's Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said.

"The basement foundations can remain, but a new building will be erected on top," Wolfgang Sobotka told "Die Presse" newspaper.

He added that "a thorough architectural remodeling is necessary to permanently prevent the recognition and the symbolism of the building."

Sobotka thus agreed with the recommendations of a 13-member expert committee that has been deliberating the building's fate for months.

The committee recently suggested the house undergo a "thorough architectural rearrangement."

The minister said that this would prevent the site from becoming a shrine for Neo-Nazi pilgrims.

The infamous Nazi dictator spent the first three years of his life in Braunau am Inn, where his father Alois worked as a customs official.

In March 1938, after Germany annexed Austria in the so-called "Anschluss," Martin Bormann _ Hitler's personal secretary and one of the most powerful members of the Nazi Party _ bought the house in order to transform it into a "cultural center."

After the war, the building was repurchased by the original owners, who allowed for the creation of a small library at the site.

The library was followed by a school, a bank, a technical institute and, until 2011, a home for disabled youths.

Since then, the building has remained empty and authorities have been paying a rent of 4,700 euros ($5,200) per month to the landlady to prevent its misuse.

Last July, the Austrian Parliament passed a law to expropriate the house and its last private owner, Gerlinde Pommer, was awarded a generous compensation.

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