Bones of Hitler Deputy Exhumed, Burned

Rudolf Hess's grave had become pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 21, 2011 10:22 AM CDT
Hitler's Deputy, Rudolf Hess: Bavarian Grave Exhumed, Remains Burned
The Dec. 30 1938 file photo shows German Chancellor Adolf Hitler and his personal representative Rudolf Hess, right, during a parade in Berlin, Germany, on Dec. 30, 1938.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – The bones of Adolf Hitler's deputy have been removed from their grave in a small Bavarian town after it became a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis. The administrator of the cemetery in Wunsiedel told the AP today that Rudolf Hess' bones were exhumed early yesterday. The remains were cremated and the ashes scattered into a lake whose name is being kept secret. Hess' relatives and Lutheran church authorities in the town both agreed to the solution.

Hess was captured in 1941 when he parachuted into Scotland on a bizarre mission to negotiate peace between Britain and Germany. The attempt was denounced by Hitler. He hanged himself at age 93 in West Berlin's Spandau prison, and was buried in his family's plot in Wunsiedel. (Read more Germany stories.)

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