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07/21/2011 05:13 pm ET | Updated Sep 20, 2011

Rudolf Hess Exhumed: A Look At World Figures Who Were Dug Up Post-Mortem from LIFE.com (PHOTOS)

German authorities decided this week to remove Rudolf Hess's bones from their Bavarian resting place this week, after reports that the grave of Adolf Hitler's deputy had become a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis.

The Associated Press quotes Wunsiedel cemetery administrator Andreas Fabel as saying that Hess's bones were cremated and scattered secretly in a lake -- the name and location of which have not been divulged.

But as LIFE.com is reporting, Hess -- who died in Berlin in 1987 -- isn't the first world figure whose remains have been removed from their graves. Among the famous others who didn't quite rest in peace the first time around: legendary Argentine first lady Eva Peron, Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara, and of course, former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.

View the fascinating full gallery on LIFE.com here.

View samples from the gallery below. All photos and captions are courtesy of LIFE.com.

Famous World Figures Who Were Exhumed