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Ponary cmentarz, Vilnius

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The neighborhood of Ponary cmentarz was the site of horrific mass killings during World War II. Today, memorials and a small museum mark where approximately 100,000 people, over half of whom were Jews, were murdered and buried by Nazis and Lithuanian collaborators. In the Soviet-era museum, visitors can learn more about the executions and witness artifacts and photos from the events. As you might expect, there are a number of graphic exhibits on display, so the museum is not recommended for children. Plan your Ponary cmentarz visit and explore what else you can see and do in Vilnius using our Vilnius tour planner.
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  • I visited this somber site after watching the Nova documentary about it and doing some additional historical research, which made the visit even more moving. The beauty of the forest and sunshine beli...  more »
  • For those interested in World War history, a trip here is a must. Large memorial site of tragic and horrific Nazi killing machine.  more »
  • This tranquil part of the forest belies the brutality of the nazis and the crimes that they engaged in. Don't miss this place to show your respects.  more »

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