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Ninth Fort, Kaunas

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Originally constructed as part of the Kaunas Fortress, Ninth Fort now serves as a museum dedicated to the atrocities committed here during the Soviet and Nazi occupations, and to its past role as an important stronghold. The building of the fort began in 1902 and was not completed until the night before the outbreak of World War I. Throughout the Soviet period of 1940 to 1941, the fort was used to house political prisoners before shipping them off to Siberia. During the Holocaust, it served as a place of mass murder, with over 30,000 Jews and 10,000 foreigners being executed here, in what came to be known as the Kaunas Massacre. Visit the memorial located on the grounds and pay your respects to the victims who died here. Learn more about the events that took place in the fort through the museum exhibits, displaying artifacts and historical records. To visit Ninth Fort and get the most from your holiday in Kaunas, create itinerary details personal to you using our Kaunas trip generator.
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  • Impressive monument in memory of the 50,000 people who found their mass grave. Sad history. Beautiful surrounding area, that fresh green.
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  • Very worth it. Impressive. To visit for Museum and fort €3,--Walking in the garden is a must.
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  • The ninth fort gives a great overlook to very dark side of Baltic history, the slaughter of jewish people. The round begins in a museum which has good variety of photos, documents and items of the era...  more »

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