Four Germans were caught celebrating Hitler’s birthday outside the Nazi dictator’s birthplace in Austria

BERLIN (AP) — Four Germans were caught laying white roses in memory of Adolf Hitler at the house where the Nazi dictator was born in western Austria on the anniversary of his birth. One of them gave a Hitler salute as they posed for photos, police said. Monday.

Hitler was born on April 20, 1889 in Braunau am Inn. After lengthy wrangling over the future of the house where he was born, work began last year to turn it into a police station – a project intended to make it unattractive as a place of pilgrimage for people who idolize Hitler.

Police in Upper Austria province said the four Germans – two sisters and their partners, in their 20s and early 30s – went to the building on Saturday to place white roses in the window recesses. They posed for photos in front of the house and one of the women gave the stiff-armed Hitler salute.

Officers noticed the group and took them to the police station for questioning. The woman said she had not meant the greeting seriously, but officers found a chat with the others on her cell phone in which they shared Nazi-themed messages and photos.

Police said they reported all four to prosecutors on suspicion of violating Austrian law banning symbols of Nazism.