Leonding Cemetery

This small community outside Linz with its approximately 25,000 inhabitants is another place that is strongly associated with Hitler, albeit not as clearly as Braunau, for example. Hitler’s father bought a house in Leonding and Hitler lived here with his family for a few years at the turn of the last century. In addition to Hitler living in Leonding, Hitler’s parents are also buried in the cemetery on the other side of the house. Hitler visited the tomb during his tour of Austria shortly after the Anschluss in March 1938.

Current status: Preserved (1998).

Address: Michaelsbergstrasse, 4060 Leonding.

Get there: Car.

My comment:

Hitler’s parents’ grave was long spared from neo-Nazi groups, sympathizers and, by all means, even from ordinary curious tourists. As long as these visits were limited, the local authorities considered them affordable. However, internet sites such as the old Panoramio, Google Earth and social media where people can post their own images contributed to the grave receiving unwanted attention. The consequence was that people increasingly travelled to Leonding solely to visit the tomb. This unwanted influx of tourists finally resulted in the local authorities deciding in spring 2012 to remove the tombstone. One can only imagine what it would be like if it were known where Hitler’s remains are buried.

Follow up in books: Kershaw, Ian: Hitler – A Biography (2008).