VIENNA  - The grave of Adolf Hitler's parents in northern Austria, often a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis, has been removed, a newspaper reported Friday. "The rights holder has relinquished it. The tombstone has been taken away and the grave can now be reassigned," Kurt Pittertschatscher, the local pastor in the town of Leonding, told the Kurier daily. The newspaper did not say what had happened to any remains from the grave of Alois and Klara Hitler, which is at least 100 years old. The site in Leonding, which lies about 100km from Hitler's birthplace in Braunau, often attracted far-right wingers, and anti-extremist groups had asked for it to be removed.

Last year, a vase was left bearing the German word "UnvergeSSlich" -- "unforgettable" -- and the "SS" clearly highlighted, an apparent reference to the Nazi paramilitary group, the newspaper reported.

As a result, a descendant of Alois Hitler decided to give up rights to the grave, the paper said.