Abandoned Martin Weiche Hitler House




Abandoned Hitler House



This house was the home of Martin Weiche, a self-professed Nazi. Weiche fought for the Germans during the Second World War. He arrived in Canada in 1951.

Martin Weiche House
The front of the house, overgrown grass and walkway 

Weiche worked as an electrician, construction of the Fanshawe dam and went on to build and manage apartment complexes in the London and Sarnia area. In 1962 he incorporated a business named Weiche Apartments Ltd. Each of his children were given shares in the company. 



The main room, you can vaguely make out where the photographs used to be on the wall.

living room portrait

Martin Weiche

Undated photo of Weiche in the Berghof

swastika in the wall
Swastikas can still be seen on the exterior of the house

In 1967, Weiche purchased a property located in London, Ontario where his home was built approximately three years later.

The front of the home was guarded by two Third-Reich eagle statues, one on each side of the driveway. He modelled his home after Adolf Hitler's Bavarian mountain home and named it "The Berghof". "I am a Nazi, I am not a lunatic," Weiche allegedly once told a London, Ontario divorce judge.


Carpeted bathroom with an unusual shower (approx. 3 feet down from floor level)

In 1968 Weiche ran in the federal election as a National Socialist.

The house was damaged by fire in 1974.

In the back yard was a large swastika cut into the grass. When Google Satellite View was introduced, the location became a controversial topic. On November 8, 1974 Weiche allowed 25 members of the KKK to use his property for a cross burning ceremony because, "they needed a place" Weiche was quoted as saying.



Looking out from the main entrance

Weiche ran for the mayor of London in 1976 and gained 3% of overall votes.

In 1986 his family company name changed to Weiche Estates Inc.

Martin Weiche house

Around 1992, approximately forty members of an Ontario Aryan Support Group attended the property for a cross burning ceremony.

Following his death in 2011 from liver failure, Martin's widow Jeannet remained in the home. His two sons, Jacob and Allan then sued the estate when they learned that the estate had been willed to Jeannet. The furniture and personal items were left to his wife except for the items in the living room. The living room was styled after a room in Hitler's retreat including a portrait for Hitler. Those items were to remain with the property.

swastika in the grass 
The swastika (incorrectly) displayed in the lawn of this undated photo



Among the items owned by Weiche were an autographed copy of Hitler’s Mein Kampf which he kept on a shelf beside a Hemingway biography .

the Hitler room

The brothers want the court to declare the 2004 property transfer was "fraudulent." In their statement of claim, they're seeking an injunction to stop the defendants from doing anything with the property and want a court declaration that Berhof Estate Inc. holds the title in trust for the family.

Martin Weiche House

The property worth $1.2 million the sons claim, was to be developed and severed into seven residential lots. Middlesex County wouldn't permit the rezoning. Weiche and Jeannet transferred ownership of the property (known as Weiche Estates Inc.) to a company under Jeannet's control. 

Jeannet claimed that it was her husband's desire to cut the kids out from the will. The driveway foundations are there today but the eagles are long gone. 
Weiche office
The door read 'Office'. A Facebook user commented that they'd been inside of Weiche's office before, where there was a photo of Hitler behind his desk.


The swastika cut into the grass is now overgrown. The house has suffered some water damage on the ground level. In the living room you can still make out the location where Weiche's portrait of Hitler once hung with pride.

kitchen



 
 
 


Martin wrote a memoir titled, "I Did Not Die for the Fuhrer".

Talking Walls Photography explored this location after receiving a tip that it was vacant. The grass is overgrown and the property is in need of maintenance.

Someone has broken a small window allowing entry to the house. The house looks like time stopped ticking in the 1970's. The living room is wallpapered, the stairs lined with red shag carpeting. The kitchen counter and cupboard don't appear to have ever been replaced.

The upstairs has been converted into apartment units. In one room several keys can be found to different units. At the end of a hallway is a door without a doorknob that cannot be opened. What mysteries lie beyond it?

The basement has suffered water damage. There's the all-too-familiar smell of mildew and mold. I looked in the garage for any signs of the house's dark past, without success.

Were it not for the swastikas drawn into the rear balcony deck, one might never know that this house was owned by a nazi supporter.

In a trash can is a parcel dated 2015 that was sent to one of the apartment's occupants. The house appears to have been vacant for no more than a year.

As for the Hitler memorabilia, perhaps it's in storage or ended up in the landfill site where it belongs.


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Direct Link to this Comment Kev - Saturday, June 1, 2019 18:32
I looked into the ownership of this home. In November 2016 it was transferred from the company to the widow and the two brothers. It appears as though they decided to sell and split the proceeds of the sale. It was sold in May 2017 to investors. The sale price was much higher than the widow claimed it to be worth but much lower than the brothers had assessed. Likely to be redeveloped eventually.

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