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Rudolf Hess
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Military Personnel
    (April 26, 1894-August 17, 1987)
    Deputy Führer (1939-1945)
    Granted titles such as Reich Minister without Portfolio, member of the Secret Cabinet Council, and member of the Ministerial Council for Reich Defense (all awarded to him in 1939)
    He was considered to be the number 3 man in Adolf Hitler's Germany after Hermann Goering.
    He volunteered for the German Army in 1914 at the outbreak of World War I.
    After WW I, he joined the Freikorps which was a right-wing organization of ex-soldiers and basically a group of mercenaries for hire.
    He was the Nazi Party's 16th member.
    After his first meeting with Adolf Hitler, he said he felt 'as though overcome by a vision.'
    He took part in Adolf Hitler's failed Beer Hall Putsch in which Adolf Hitler and the Nazis attempted to seize control of Germany. Hess was arrested and imprisoned with Adolf Hitler at Landsberg prison.
    While in prison, he made suggestions to Adolf Hitler as he wrote his book 'Mein Kampf.'
    He displayed near religious devotion and absolute loyalty and obedience to Adolf Hitler.
    He was never given any major influence in matters of the state due to his 'lack of understanding of the mechanics of power and his inability to take any action on his own initiative.'
    Hoping to regain importance and redeem himself in the eyes of his Führer, he put on a Luftwaffe uniform and flew a German fighter plane alone toward Scotland on a 'peace' mission on May 10, 1941, just before the German invasion of the Soviet Union. His plane crashed in a Scottish field, and he was turned over to the authorities. He spent the remainder of the war in a high security jail cell in England.
    In World War I, Hess was wounded twice.
    He suffered from a string of different mental conditions.
    During his years of British imprisonment, Hess displayed increasingly unstable behavior and developed a paranoid obsession that his food was being poisoned.
    He was the only Nazi at the trials of Nuremberg to show absolute shock when a film rolle of war atrocities committed by the Germans (such as concentration camp footage) was shown. Hess would cry uncontrollably and rock himself forward and backward, he then had to be comforted by Hermann Goering.
    In spite of his mental condition, he was sentenced to life in prison. The Soviets blocked all attempts at his early release. He committed suicide in 1987 at 92, the last of the prisoners tried at Nuremberg.
    His remains were exhumed and reburied at sea because neo- Nazis had been treating his grave as a shrine (July 21, 2011).

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