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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 on your holiday in Kaunas, and find out what else Kaunas has to offer, use our Kaunas trip itinerary app .
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  • A nicely renovated fort in which the Lithuanian historical museum was made. You could get there by bus, but after leaving the bus you have to find your own way (through the small forest and under the ...  more »
  • If you go to Kaunas you should definitely visit this tormenting place. I also placed it and you can do the tour of prisons for less than 3 euros. The monument is in memory of the more than 30000 Jews killed by the Nazi savagery.
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  • We went there with our school, it was really interesting and educational. There is a great museum, you can have a guide, we walked through tunels and it was interesting in there. It is really good mus...  more »
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  • Very interesting, takes a whole day though. Not recommended for young children, and a guide is highly recommended
  • Light One Candle, A Survivor's Tale from Lithuania to Jerusalem – Solly Ganor. You can download this book on Google Play Books. Suggested reading for anyone planning on visiting the Ninth Fort, as well as for anyone who has already made the visit. As a survivor, Mr. Ganor presents us with a more accurate history as to what really took place at the Ninth Fort during the Jewish persecution, which was not only fueled by the Nazis, but many locals, as well, who didn't need coercion to carry out acts of murder, and brutality towards their fellow men, women, and children. I think it would be nice to offer flowers, and if allowed, hold a candle, in remembrance for those who perished, and make prayers that these atrocities never happen again.
  • A must visit. Some incredible true stories of survivors from all sides, and gives an insight into the dark side of history. Highly recommended.
  • Great place for short walk combining with history and sightseeing. Museum is really interesting as well.
  • Historical museum and fort, beautiful big monument, urban green grass and of course big parking place for cars.

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