Rest in Peace?

This innocuous article caught my eye this morning.  Famed Nazi Rudolf Hess has been disinterred from his burial spot.  His remains have been cremated and either have been or will be scattered at sea (though Wikipedia indicates they are to be scattered at an unidentified lake).  This was done in order to minimize or eliminate the practice of Neo-Nazi groups and adherents showing up to pay their respects on the anniversary of his death.

It caught my eye for several reasons.  First off, Hess was buried in a Lutheran-run cemetery.  In 1987 when Hess died, the church had allowed Hess’ wishes to be buried there where members of his family are buried.  But the church has rescinded that permission due to the unwanted attention of Neo-Nazi supporters.  Spandau Prison, where Hess was held for over 30 years, was destroyed after he died (he was the last inmate) for similar reasons.  
It makes sense on the surface, but it still leaves me with some underlying discomfort.  Certainly I can understand why a German church would not want to be associated in any way with promulgating Nazism in any form.  I remember all too vividly the personal horror that German friends of ours experienced when visiting Dachau with my wife and I some years ago.  People born long after the war still burdened with an overwhelming sense of cultural guilt that I can’t pretend to understand fully.  I can well see how avoiding the glorification of one of the most powerful members of the Nazi party would be very important to the town and the church.
On the other hand, it raises questions.  I’m no expert on Hess’ life by any means, but it would appear that at least his father was Lutheran.  Was Hess Lutheran?  Did he consider himself so?  Given the rather fascinating details of his life, could there be reasonable room for doubt on this matter?  
What is the role of Christian burial?  What obligation does the church have to respect the memory of those who died in the faith?  What about those whose faith was less obvious?  And how to deal with the understandably horrifying situation where the grave of someone is being used to continue or foster the type of hateful ideologies that at least to some degree dictated a significant portion of Hess’ life?  Is there a middle ground between repudiating a Christian burial and allowing the free rein of unwanted attention?  What would you do if this was your congregation’s cemetery (does your congregation even have one?!)?  
This seems to be an interesting footnote to an intriguing life.  While I in no way sanction Nazism or any of it’s beliefs, I wonder if there was reason to suspect that Hess died as a Christian (even a Lutheran one!), and whether that should impact a congregation’s decision about how to handle the earthly remains.  Thoughts?

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