Rudolf Hess' grave, site of neo-Nazi pilgrimage, destroyed

July 21, 2011 10:50

The grave of prominent Nazi and one-time deputy to Adolf Hitler, Rudolf Hess was destroyed on Wednesday and his remains were exhumed after the site in the Bavarian town of Wunsiedel had become a place of pilgrimage for neo-Nazis, German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reported.

Since 1987, when Hess killed himself in Spandau Prison for war criminals, neo-Nazis had yearly held a demonstration at the grave on the anniversary of his death on August 17, raising their hands in the Nazi salute and laying wreaths on his gravestone.

The cemetery in Wunsiedel contains the family burial plot of Hess' parents and the Nazi war criminal had expressed a desire to be buried there in his will.

Hess' granddaughter had initially objected to the exhumation of her grandfather's bones, but the board of the Wunsiedel Evangelical Church, who is responsible for the cemetery, convinced her to withdraw a lawsuit against the move.

The Hess family decided to burn his bones and then scatter the ashes in a burial at sea.

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