Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Hitler’s Parents’ Grave Removed
Rudi Brandstaetter / AP Photo
See ya, skinheads. A neo-Nazi pilgrimage site is no more after officials in Austria said on Friday that a tombstone marking the grave of Hitler’s parents has been removed. The lease on the grave is reportedly up, as renting graves in increments of ten years is a common practice in Austria. A descendant of Hitler’s father’s first wife requested the removal, saying she’d had enough of it “being used for manifestations for sympathy” for the fascist leader and mass murderer. Neo-Nazi groups were reported to come to the grave to mark the site with flowers and Nazi paraphernalia.