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German town revokes Hitler's honorary citizenship

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 11:02am  ET

FILE 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. A Bavarian town has voted to strip Adolf Hitler of honorary citizenship bestowed upon him 80-years ago after an outcry prompted by their decision last week not to adopt a resolution denouncing the 1933 decision. 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. A partial town council deadlocked in an 8-8 vote last week on the resolution, with councilors voting against saying it was not up to them to rewrite history. But town administrator Thomas Gerg said Wednesday Dec. 18, 2013 the full council voted Tuesday 21-0 both to adopt the resolution and nullify the citizenship for both men after hearing impassioned testimony from a woman who lost family in the Holocaust. (AP Photo)

BERLIN (AP) -- A Bavarian town council has voted unanimously to strip Adolf Hitler of honorary citizenship bestowed 80 years ago, after an outcry prompted by their decision last week not to adopt a resolution denouncing the 1933 decision.

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 the resolution, with councilors voting against saying 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 bestowed on both men after hearing impassioned testimony from a woman who lost family in the Holocaust.


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