Tuesday, March 10, 2020

New owners knocking down home of London area Nazi

Canada London Nazi real estate history KKK Berghof fascism Martin Weiche demolition

A house on the edge of London with a long history of hatred is coming down.

A backhoe was seen Monday and Tuesday west of Hyde Park on Gainsborough Road at the former home of Martin Weiche, the late area resident who admired Adolf Hitler.

Hitler’s home was called the Berghof, or “mountain court,” a name Weiche also used for his hilltop property that hosted cross burnings by white supremacists and had a swastika cut into a field, but in recent years had fallen into disrepair and become a favoured site of so-called urban explorers.

“I think it’s good that it’s gone. It ought to have happened so long ago,” said Rabbi Catharine Clark of Congregation Or Shalom on Huron Street in London.

“To the best of my knowledge it’s been passed on to other owners who’ve chosen to demolish it,” said Arnie Marsman, the director of building services and chief building official for Middlesex Centre. “It’s no secret that there’s been trespassers on the property and they may want to protect their liability.”  (more...)



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