Ont. Nazi's Hitler-inspired house at centre of family feud

Martin Weiche appears in a file photo taken Jan. 12, 1999, alongside a file image of his...

Martin Weiche appears in a file photo taken Jan. 12, 1999, alongside a file image of his Hitler-inspired home near London, Ont. (QMI AGENCY files)

Jane Sims, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:13 PM ET

 LONDON, Ont. -- The stately home guarded by two Third Reich-style eagle statues was once the sanctuary for Canada's most radical and reviled Nazi.

It's a place where a giant swastika was cut into the lawn out back, a place where Ku Klux Klansmen were allowed to burn their crosses.

Inside, lived a man who not only modelled the spread after Adolf Hitler's Bavarian mountain home, but who also fought for Germany and spouted some of the Nazi regime's most disturbing beliefs after finding new life in Canada following the Second World War.

"I am a Nazi, I am not a lunatic," the late Martin Weiche once told a divorce judge.

Now, Weiche's sprawling property west of the city is in the middle of another controversy -- a nasty family squabble, being played out in court, over his estate.

His widow, Jeannet, lives in the house the old Nazi designed and called "The Berghof" after Hitler's own home in the Alps.

 


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