Police in Adolf Hitler's hometown today arrested at least eight people on the dictator's 100th birthday and turned back several others at the West German border in an effort to head off neo-Nazi violence.

Hundreds of police roamed the area, helicopters circled overhead and police vehicles were spotted as far as 10 miles from this town.The security measures were aimed at preventing a repeat of clashes between neo-Nazis and left-wing opponents on Hitler's 90th birthday.

By midmorning, a constant stream of dozens of curious onlookers clustered near Hitler's birthplace, which was sealed off by metal barriers.

Dozens of police cars blocked the street leading to the house, now a nursery for handicapped children.