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Postcard from... Berlin


A Russian MP has waded into a heated political row over the future of Adolf Hitler's birthplace by offering to buy up and demolish the Austrian townhouse in which the Nazi leader was born more than a century ago.

Frantz Klintsevich, a member of Russia's ruling United Russia Party, said in an interview with the Moscow newspaper Izvestia that he planned to raise €2m to purchase and destroy the former public house called Gasthaus zum Pommer in the town of Braunau am Inn.

"I would buy this property in the blink of an eye if had that kind of money myself, but I do not," he told the newspaper. "If I were to receive financial help, I would buy the house and destroy it demonstratively."

Mr Klintsevich said that he had so far failed to obtain any financial backing for his plan from any of Russia's oligarchs although some members of the Russian Communist Party had given their support. Hitler was born in the two- storey property in 1889 but only spent the first two week of his life in the building.