Monday, March 12, 2007

70 years late!


Der Spiegel reports:

'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"'

I am reminded of the jape that Austria's two greatest contributions to world history were persuading us that 1) Mozart was an Austrian and 2) Hitler was a German. If Germany strips Hitler of his citizenship, does this mean that Austria has to take him back?

Later:Many a truth is said in jest! It turns out that one of the problems associated with stripping Adolf of his German citizenship is that it would violate his civil rights. German law prohibits taking citizenship away from anyone who would thereby be rendered stateless--and Hitler renounced his Austrian citizenship in 1925.

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