Nazi worshippers lost a sickening pilgrimage locale this week when the body of Adolf Hitler deputy Rudolph Hess was exhumed and his gravesite near the Czech border was removed. Hess, who died in a West German prison in 1987, was buried in the family plot in Bavaria by his request, and neo-Nazis who wanted to celebrate his "martyrdom" had been drawn to the site for years. Der Spiegel reports that those parties will now thankfully come to an end:
Until such gatherings were banned in 2005, each year hundreds, and sometimes even thousands, of neo-Nazis would gather in the northern Bavarian town of Wunsiedel to march in honor of Rudolf Hess on Aug. 17, the anniversary of his death. But tired of the embarrassment and trouble caused by the marches and pilgrimages to his gravesite there, the community removed the grave this week, daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported Thursday.
With permission from members of Hess's family, workers exhumed the body and took down the headstone before dawn on Wednesday morning, the paper said. His remains will now be cremated for a sea burial, in hopes of discouraging further interest by neo-Nazis. His gravestone, which read "Ich hab's gewagt," or "I have dared," was taken down.
...One of the Nazi leaders' nieces initially took legal action against the decision. But according to long-time head of the Wunsiedel district authority Peter Seisser, the family was later persuaded to accept the grave's removal without going to court, the paper reported."
Which means, for essentially the same reasons of wanting to discourage a site of martyr worship, Hess will be disposed of where Osama bin Laden was. Good riddance.
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