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Shrine no more: Bones of Hitler aide exhumed

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This combination image shows a photo dated Oct. 30, 2010, above, and a picture taken Thursday, July 21, below, after former Nazi Rudolf Hess's tombstone was razed and his grave filled in Wunsiedel, Germany.

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Deputy to Adolf Hitler, Rudolph Hess, gives a salute during the celebrations in Munich on Jan 11, 1933, of the 14th anniversary of the formation of the Nazi Party.

Reuters reports:

WUNSIEDEL, Germany — The remains of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess have been exhumed from a grave in Bavaria after it became a pilgrimage for thousands of right-wing extremists.

A church official in the southern town of Wunsiedel said Thursday the tomb had been razed and its headstone removed after consulting with Hess's family over how to handle the grave site.

"The bones were removed and brought to the crematorium, and the ashes are to be scattered at sea," Peter Seisser said. Continue reading.