March 17, 2007

Hitler May Be Stripped of German Citizenship

Yeah, I had to read the title more than once myself. An excerpt from Der Spiegel:

Almost 62 years after his death, Adolf Hitler could lose his German citizenship. A German politician from Braunschweig wants to revoke the Nazi leader's 1932 naturalization -- as a "symbolic step." Adolf Hitler became a German citizen in 1932. Now a German politician from Braunschweig -- a former stronghold of the Nazi party -- wants to strip him of his citizenship. When Adolf Hitler was awarded German citizenship, he abruptly brushedoff the congratulations: "You should congratulate Germany, not me!"

Three quarters of a century later, Isolde Saalmann, a Social Democratic member of Lower Saxony's regional parliament, would like nothing better than to rescind this momentous bureaucratic act. The Austrian-born F├╝hrer, who has been dead for almost 62 years, should no longer be a German, in her view. Stripping him of his citizenship would be a "symbolic step," Saalmann believes.