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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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  • August 16, 2017
    Memorial that perhaps because of its location is not very popular. Well worth a visit to understand the horrors of war and to honor all people who in this place have suffered violence. Visit buy more value if made with the local guide, which as far as we are concerned we could not use due to the limited time available.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Until visiting Lithuania, we knew little of its history. Ninth Fort is an incredible place to visit to learn of the horrors the citizens have endured. Having only two hours to spend there didn’t reall...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    We unfortunately visited the fort on a Monday and the Museum wasn't open. But we were able to wander all around the grounds and saw several underground cells, moats, gas chamber vents, memorials to th...  more »

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