German Town Revokes Hitler's Honorary Citizenship

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A Bavarian town council has voted unanimously to strip Adolf Hitler of honorary citizenship bestowed 80 years ago.

The issue came up after an archivist discovered documents showing both Hitler and the president who appointed him, Paul von Hindenburg, had been given honorary citizenship of Dietramszell.

The council deadlocked in an 8-8 vote last week on a resolution to denounce the 1933 decision to grant the two citizenship. Councilors voting against said it was not up to them to rewrite history.

But town administrator Thomas Gerg said Wednesday the full council voted 21-0 on Tuesday to adopt the resolution and nullify the honor conferred upon both men after hearing impassioned testimony from a woman who lost family in the Holocaust.

This May 1, 1933 file photo shows German President Paul von Hindenburg, left, and Adolf Hitler, right, in a car during a labor day celebration in Berlin.Credit: AP

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