Vienna to honor deserters from Hitler’s army

Vienna to honor deserters from Hitler’s army

The memorial, the first of its kind in Austria, will sit in front of the office of the chancellor

VIENNA (AP) — Vienna’s municipal officials say the city has settled on a downtown site in front of the Austrian chancellor’s office as the place for a memorial honoring those who deserted Hitler’s army.

The decision to put up such a monument was made months ago, but organizations involved in its realization could not settle on a location.

The choice of the Ballhausplatz square was announced Friday by officials of Vienna’s Socialist-Green coalition government.

It will be the first such memorial in Austria, which was annexed by Nazi Germany in 1938 — a move supported by the overwhelming majority of citizens back then.

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