Top Nazi Rudolf Hess Dug Up to Stop Pilgrimages

By Sara Dover
|  Thursday, Jul 21, 2011  |  Updated 8:45 AM CDT
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German Chancellor Adolf Hitler and his personal representative Rudolf Hess, right, during a parade in Berlin, Germany, on Dec. 30, 1938. Hess' grave was dug up on Wednesday in attempt to stop neo-Nazi pilgrimages.

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Adolf Hitler's top henchman has been dug up after Nazi-loving creeps made his gravesite a mecca for hate.


Rudolf Hess' bones were exhumed on Wednesday, while the rest of the remains were cremated and then scattered at sea, the BBC reports. His grave stone, reading "I have dared," was taken down.

Each year on the anniversary of deputy Nazi leader's death--Hess hanged himself in prison at age 93 in 1987, according to The Associated Press--neo-Nazis would try to stage a march to the cemetery and lay floral wreaths at his tomb stone.

Until the gatherings were banned in 2005, German paper Der Spiegel reports that hundreds and even thousands would come together at the site. As soon as the neo-Nazi meetings were banned, the church that owned the land refused to renew Hess' family's lease.

According to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Hess flew to Scotland in May 1941, hoping to make peace between German and Britain but was immediately arrested. BBC reports the fuhrer then denounced him over the apparently unauthorized mission.

Hess' granddaughter sued against the decision, according to German paper Sueddeuthsche Zeitung, but the she was eventually convinced to drop the case.

Selected Reading: BBC, Der Spiegel, NPR

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