House of Responsibility

责任之家

जिम्मेदारी का घर

Casa de la Responsabilidad

Maison de la responsabilité

بيت المسؤولية

বাড়ির দায়িত্ব

Дом Ответственности

Casa da Responsabilidade

Rumah Tanggung Jawab

ایوان کی ذمہ داری

Haus der Verantwortung

責任の家

Nyumba ya Wajibu

Sorumluluk Evi

Using the birthplace of Adolf Hitler as a worldwide center for learning about responsibility, democracy and antisemitism

Learn More About Our Supporters

책임의 집

Nhà trách nhiệm

Casa delle Responsabilità

Omah Tanggung jawab

บ้านแห่งความรับผิดชอบ

Dom Odpowiedzialności

Casa responsabilității

Будинок відповідальності

Huis v. Verantwoordelijkheid

Felelősség Háza

Σπίτι ευθύνης

Dům odpovědnosti

בית האחריות

Дом на отговорността

Kuća odgovornosti

“It is not an appropriate idea to turn the birth house of Adolf Hitler into a police station. It should be a dynamic center where people of divergent views come together to meet and learn about democracy and antisemitism. A House of Responsibility would be very important and valuable from the viewpoint of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.”

Rabbi Abraham Cooper
Associate Dean and
Director of Global Social Action
Simon Wiesenthal Center

The Idea

The House of Responsibility is the idea of establishing an international meeting place and a place of learning with a focus on young people in the house where Adolf Hitler was born. People from all countries, backgrounds, religions and cultures should meet in order to discuss, learn and develop projects revolving around the concept of responsibility relating to the dimensions of past, present and future.

Act so that the effects of your action are compatible with the permanence of genuine human life.” (Hans Jonas)

More About The Idea

“Turning the house where Adolf Hitler was born into a police station seems to be a most inappropriate designation and a very poor and thoughtless choice, especially as the genocidal Nazi regime led by the person born there actually created a police state. I support the alternative idea of establishing a ‘House of Responsibility’ as a place to promote democracy, social justice, cultural diversity, and inclusive society at this place of such great symbolic significance. Like in South Africa, where the notorious Apartheid era Number 4 prison complex was turned into the country’s Constitution Court, the seat of the highest Court in the land, this house should be turned into a space of education, critical thinking and where lessons from the past can be learned. It is a unique opportunity that should not be missed!”

Tali Nates
Founder and Director Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre

What Can You Do?

You can become a supporting individual, a HRB-Fellow or a partnering organization. As a supporting individual we may post your support and invite you to suitable events. As an HRB-Fellow you will come and join our program for an extended time-period. As a partnering organization you may send us HRB-Fellows and develop programs co-jointly.

Let us know how you would like to cooperate.

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What Our Supporters Say

It is important to me that in a place like Hitler’s birth house in Braunau the basic principles of any democratic state, freedom, human rights and the rule of law are made a subject for discussion with young people and that is also clearly shown to the public. Thereby the devastating ideology of National Socialism will be countered with those fundamental values that we profess today and that we must that practice actively in our lives so that such inhumane ideologies can never make room again. At the same time, it shows to the young the only viable way of dealing with their own history, even if it is painful: the path of active reflection and analysis as well as the conclusions for our democracy today. This should happen in Braunau so that it can never be used again by deniers of history as a meeting place and anchor point because this will be the very site where critical young people come together who later and in other places stand up for the principles of freedom, human rights and rule of law use.

Christian Autengruber, Diplomat, Austrian Foreign Ministry

“The initiative to establish a House of Responsibility in the “Hitler House” in Braunau am Inn represents, in my view, a meaningful signal that Austria is dealing honestly with its past and is aware of the resulting responsibility for the future.”

Arad Benkö, Former Austrian Ambassador to Georgia

“I support the House of Responsibility with great enthusiasm. In my opinion, this is an immensely important project to promote a constructive approach to the person of Adolf Hitler in Austria and to take a big step forward in the process of coming to terms with the past, which is still not over. Demolition is not a solution, because demolition means displacement. The house could become an interactive democracy and education center that focuses on working with children. Adolf Hitler’s birthplace represents the dark past and children represent the future of Austria. Thus, in addition to a permanent exhibition, an annual international children’s symposium could be organized. A kind of “mini-Alpbach”, in which Braunau am Inn would be the focus of the symposium for an entire week, and the citizens of Braunau would participate in the congress events and the tourism of the town would profit. The program should be developed by Austrian schools in the context of student projects and enriched with international contributions.”

Martha Bissmann, Austrian politician who served in the National Council from 2017 to 2019

“We understand that the project has engendered some controversy in Braunau am Inn, based on the natural, healthy reaction to reject anything that would relate oneself to Hitler. However, the residents of Braunau am Inn have no less responsibility than other Austrian citizens in terms of remembrance, commitment to preserve and protect human rights, and to combat bigotry. Hosting a “House of Responsibility” would not be a stigma on Braunau am Inn, but a means fo fulfilling their responsibility.”

Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the ADL - Anti-Defamation League

“I may join the critics and I also think that the planned redesign of Hitler’s birthplace and the related plans cannot be the right way. This so-called “neutralization” means repression instead of dealing with the facts. I see it this way and agree with Willi Mernyi when he says that “one apparently wants to make the world forget that the worst mass murderer in history was born in Braunau. This approach is wrong in terms of content and will not work in this way. One must stand by what was.”

With a “neutralization” what happened – history – cannot be erased or just “neutralized”. Nor should history be made invisible. We bear responsibility and must strive to make history visible.

I believe that culture of remembrance for those of us born later can only work with efforts like yours!”

Sandra Gerdenitsch, Regional Secretary of the SPÖ Burgenland and Member of the Austrian Federal Council

I gladly support your initiative to transform Adolf Hitler’s birth house into a House of Responsibility. It can contribute to a sincere confrontation with the past, which is a prerequisite to learning from the past, for the future.

Irmgard Griss, Former president of the Austrian Supreme Court

“Of course I would have nothing, but nothing at all, against turning the house where Adolf Hitler was born into a house of responsibility.
Another possibility would be to simply demolish the house. This is what has happened with certain Nazi buildings in Germany, so that they do not become a place of pilgrimage for neo-Nazis.
Another possibility would be to do the opposite. For example, the house could be donated to the Jewish community or to an association dedicated to the persecuted of the Nazi regime as a whole, i.e., in addition to Jews, also to Sinti and Roma, homosexuals, people with disabilities, and the multitude of politically persecuted and executed persons.
If the house remains, it must definitely be used to represent the opposite of Hitler.”

Gregor Gysi, German lawyer, politician (Die Linke), author and moderator

“I support the plan for the House of Responsibility, as it will give young people the opportunity to explore ways that as global citizens they can combat hate and antisemitism. This project is not to memorialise the role of Adolf Hitler but to say that we can find something good from the darkness of the 1930s and 1940s that together we can remember, educate and act in the face of evil and do good for the world.”

Chris Harris, CEO of the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand

“The history of Hitler’s past and his policies of that time can be read in books and journals around the world. However, the origin of this history should not be ignored. It is the responsibility of every developed society to take responsibility for the past. In my opinion, the best starting point to take responsibility is Braunau, because that is where history begins. Consequently, I support the House of Responsibility.”

Festus Imarhiagbe, CEO Fesima Agro Consultancy

“What an excellent way to demonstrate to the world the power of redemption, forgiveness and that love overcomes hate in the end. Forgiveness does not mean forgetting, only putting that memory to better use and to never let the mistakes of the past happen again. I would be happy to help however I can, to make this possible.”

Kevin Kelly, Director of the Dayton International Peace Museum, Ohio, USA

“I am happy to support your proposal to establish a House of Responsibility in Hitler’s Braunau birthplace. It is high time that Austria admits its responsibility in the crimes of the Third Reich. Of course, our country is not to blame for the fact that Adolf Hitler happened to be born on the right side of the Inn River. However, the Austrians enthusiastically welcomed the Führer at the so-called Anschluss and were ready to follow him for years. A House of Responsibility in Braunau can help to prevent the same thing from happening again here or elsewhere. And it can keep alive the memory of those Austrians who had the courage to resist.”

Stefan Klein, The world's most successful German-language science author

“First of all, I would like to thank you very much for your incredibly important work. Especially in times when hatred and agitation are spreading more and more again, a dedicated remembrance work is indispensable. It is of great importance for all of us to keep alive the memory of the terrible time of the Nazi dictatorship and its victims. Never again to allow the unimaginable horror of the Holocaust and the inhuman ideology of the National Socialists is an everlasting obligation for every democrat. This also includes the preservation of sites of remembrance and enlightenment. Only if we show the following generations which inhuman ideology was spread by persons like Adolf Hitler, we have a chance to stop their resurgence. In doing so, however, we must succeed in ensuring that these sites do not become places of pilgrimage for the deluded followers of this horrific ideology. The approach you have mentioned of turning the building into a “house of responsibility” seems to me to be very suitable in this respect. If I can give you political support in this, please let me know.”

Natascha Kohnen, Member of the Bavarian State Parliament since 2008 and state chairwoman of the BayernSPD since 2017

We understand very well that what initially may appear as stigma is, in fact, the enormous potential for educating present and future generations about the dangers of xenophobia and other types of prejudice. We hope that this ambitious project will become a reality, for the benefit of both Austrian and international visitors to the site.

Tomasz Kuncewicz, Director of the Auschwitz Jewish Center

“We are writing to support the establishment of a “House of Responsibility” in the house where Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau im Inn. The European Roma Rights Centre has been a committed participant in the Austrian “Gedenkdienst” programme for over 10 years. We are very grateful to be sent young motivated Austrian Holocaust Memorial Servants year after year. They make a tremendous contribution to our work. The Romani Holocaust is still a neglected and, indeed, often forgotten part of European history that needs to be addressed more effectively, especially in times where far-right and anti-Roma politicians are on the rise in European countries, including Austria. There is also a need to show public support for Roma rights. Roma continue to be victims of violations of human rights on a daily basis, including hate crimes, illegal forced evictions and school segregation.
This is a unique opportunity for Austria to demonstrate its awareness of historical and continuing abuses against Roma and provide a space for those dedicated to Roma rights to do their work. We understand that the people of Braunau do not want to be associated with Hitler’s legacy, and we share this project’s vision for transforming what is now an uncomfortable reminder of the past into an active monument for peace, tolerance and intercultural dialogue.”

Rob Kushen, Chair of the Board of Directors of the European Roma Rights Centre

“I support the House of Responsibility idea for the birth house of Adolf Hitler as a worldwide meeting place for young people to learn about responsibility and democracy. Turning this house into a police station is a bad idea.”

Gideon Levy, Israeli Journalist and Author

“I personally find the idea to transform Adolf Hitler’s birth house into a House of Responsibility very appropriate. Responsibility in all its aspects is a fundamental value that is by far not enough discussed publicly in a Western democracy that Austria is. Every idea that promotes responsibility in any context – also and especially in connection with the history of the Third Reich – is appreciated.”

Harald Mahrer, President of the Austrian Economic Chamber

“The concept for the House of Responsibility has my full support. In this house, in the annex of which a criminal was born, it is necessary to commemorate, but also to assume the responsibility not to accept exclusion, stigmatization, persecution and annihilation without participation anywhere.”

Gerhard Mangott, Professor for International Relations at the University of Innsbruck

“The idea with the House of Responsibility is for me the only possible solution. It would also ultimately help the city and municipality of Braunau.”

Ursula Moser, Former Professor at the Department of French and Spanish Literature at the University of Innsbruck

“Turning the house where Adolf Hitler was born into a police station seems to be a most inappropriate designation and a very poor and thoughtless choice, especially as the genocidal Nazi regime led by the person born there actually created a police state.

I support the alternative idea of establishing a ‘House of Responsibility’ as a place to promote democracy, social justice, cultural diversity, and inclusive society at this place of such great symbolic significance. Like in South Africa, where the notorious Apartheid era Number 4 prison complex was turned into the country’s Constitution Court, the seat of the highest Court in the land, this house should be turned into a space of education, critical thinking and where lessons from the past can be learned. It is a unique opportunity that should not be missed!”

Tali Nates, Founder and director of the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre

“I believe this project is important as a means of remembrance. In Hebrew, the word of remembrance is Zecher, on the High Holy Days we have an entire section devoted to remembrance, Zichronot, not only to remember those who perished but to remember the actions of the people who caused their death. We must remember that it was through the action of a single human being and the support and complicity of those who served him that the holocaust happened. If we try to forget this, we will undoubtedly allow it to happen again. The House of Responsibility gives us a physical place to focus our remembrance and future action against such behavior.”

Leon Natker, Associate Director for Institutional Advancement at the First Americans Museum

“I support the House of Responsibility because it is a good way for many young people to come to terms with the past. By learning from the past, we can create the conditions for a better future for all. The House of Responsibility is an important part of this process.”

Carson Philips, Executive Director of the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre in Toronto

“Yes, I think your idea of a “House of Responsibility” is excellent. It would transform a place with negative connotations into a positive one. This is called “healing” and we need it more than ever in our time. (And with it, the eternalists would have their worship cult destroyed).”

Christian Prosl, Former deputy secretary general at the Austrian Foreign Ministry and Austrian ambassador to Germany and the United States

“A difficult legacy your city has to manage. I find your idea to actively deal with the birthplace in the social discourse very important. You know best that in doing so one must also consider the discussions between 1945 and the present. I wish your idea much success!”

Jan Sechter, Former Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Austria

“Of course I’m happy to be part of this!”

Danielle Spera, Director of the Jewish Museum Vienna

“I gladly support your initiative for a House of Responsibility in Braunau am Inn. In Adolf Hitler’s birth town we need a daily reminder that hounding of people, oppression and destruction of other opinions and skin colors, even genocides, must not take place in the 21st century. Especially for young people is the Nazi-horror from the Second World War only an abstract explanation, that could be made more interesting to study through the House of Responsibility.

Andreas Stadler, Austrian Ambassador to Poland

“I find the idea to transform specifically Hitler’s birthplace into a House of Responsibility ingenious. What site would better fit such an undertaking? Over many years we thought that history – especially the ineffable history of the Nazis – would not repeat itself all over again. The sad and degrading treatment of refugees in need of protection, another election campaign of the FPÖ, which has committed itself to hustle and chivy, more hate-postings in the social media, as well as very dubious opinions heard in places like pubs, show that we are now closer than ever to fall into the trap. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to NOW set signs and to take a stance against the above mentioned occurrences instead of tolerating them passively. It would be very nice, especially in Braunau, to make a centre for the youth to learn about tolerance and respect towards other people and other cultures and to learn about respect towards each other. I would also like it very much if the house would become a center for encounter with multicultural events.”

Günter Winterstätter, Mayor candidate of the Green Party in Braunau am Inn

“Do what would have upset Adolf the most. I cannot imagine that an institute or museum could do this for the history of racism (or of antisemitism). In no way demolish the house. I followed the discussion 2-3 years ago and found the location’s disappearance (damnatio memoriae) as the worst reply to the challenge. Formal excuses about ownership etc. must not be the center of attention.”

Moshe Zimmermann, Director of the Richard Koebner Minerva Center for German History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

“You are very welcome to add me to your already impressive list as a supporter of the project to transform the Hitler Birthplace into a House of Responsibility.”

Robert Zischg, Austrian Ambassador to Portugal