July 22 - The bones of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess are exhumed from a grave in Bavaria after it became a pilgrimage for thousands of right-wing extremists. Andrew Raven reports.
This German cemetary was, until recently, the final resting place of Rudolf Hess - a leading member of the Nazi party and confidant of Adolf Hitler. But Hess' remains were exumed from this plot on Wednesday. His family plans to have them cremated and scattered at sea. Hess' grave had become a pilgrimage site for Neo Nazi groups, who held an annual march through the town of Wunesdeil to mark his death. Church officials, who urged Hess' grandaughter to have the body exhumed, say they are happy to see Hess gone. (SOUNDBITE) (German) DEAN HANS-JUERGEN BUCHTA, SAYING: "I can only really speculate, that what came out of the very good and amicable discussions with Mrs Hess was that a load was taken off both of our minds." Hess, seen here to the right of Hitler, was a deputy in the Nazi party and close ally of the Fuhrer. He was convicted of war crimes during the Nuremberg trials and sentenced to life in prison. He spent decades in jail before committing suicide in 1987 at age 93. Andrew Raven, Reuters