So you know how sometimes your ancestors’ grave becomes a hangout for local skinheads and neo-Nazis, so you have no choice but to have the headstone removed?
Don’t you HATE that?
This is apparently the problem facing the descendants of one Adolf Hitler, at the grave of his parents, Alois and Klara Hitler, in Leonding, Austria. The grave had become a beacon of sorts for neo-Nazis who, sometimes in groups, would visit the grave and leave flowers or Nazi symbols on it.
Which is crazy, but that’s apparently the norm for Austria.
We’ll start with how graveyards seem to work in Austria, which is by lease. Essentially, from what I’ve been able to find, Austrian graves are leased for a certain amount of time (10-15 years), with the option of renewal. If you don’t feel like Grandma’s worth the upkeep, you can choose not to renew the lease and they’ll let someone else lease it out and plop them down on top of your dead relatives (though I’m sure they leave some dirt between the two coffins).
Which brings us to the priest who, ever the businessman, is looking for new clients.
Village priest Kurt Pitterschatscher said the rented grave was available for a new lease.
Strange enough, right? Not hardly.
Asked whether he would have trouble persuading people to let their loved ones share a grave with the parents of a man whose name is a universal epitome of evil, Pitterschatscher said, “I really haven’t thought about it.”
Well, location is supposed to be the most important quality in real estate. I guess he just figured nobody would really mind their progenitors lying on top of those who spawned Hitler, widely considered to be the Hitler of his time. Or maybe he’s thinking the market is ripe, as there will probably be a lot of neo-Nazis looking into the plot.
Somehow, the only person who comes out looking sane in the whole endeavor is the descendant.
He said he did not know the woman personally and did not identify her by name but cited her request for termination of the grave lease as saying she was too old to care for it and tired of it “being used for manifestations of sympathy” for Hitler.
Her, I like.