Last twist for Rudolf Hess: his bones are taken from grave in dead of night, cremated, scattered in unknown lake

Rudolf Hess’s remains taken from grave in dead of night, cremated and scattered after it became neo-Nazi pilgrimage site

The remains of Adolf Hitler’s deputy, Rudolf Hess, have been secretly removed from their grave after it became a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis.

Workers exhumed Hess’s bones from the grave in the small Bavarian town of Wunsiedel yesterday in the middle of the night.  They then cremated the remains and scattered them secretly in a lake, whose name and location are not being revealed.

‘The grave is now empty,’ said cemetery administrator Andreas Fabel.  ‘The bones are gone.’

Deputy Fuhrer Hess was captured in 1941 when he parachuted into Scotland – breaking his ankle in the process – on a mission to negotiate peace between Britain and Germany.  The attempt was denounced by Hitler, and Hess later told British authorities that the Nazi leader knew nothing of it.

He was later convicted at the Nuremberg trials after the Second World War, and died in 1987.

In recent years, Hess has come to be seen as a martyr by the far-Right.  Thousands of neo-Nazis have used the anniversary of his death on August 17 as an occasion to hold large rallies, with Wunsiedel, near the Czech border, often a focal point.

Such rallies have been banned since stricter laws were implemented in 2005, but the grave continued to attract far-Right extremists to the town.

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