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. Take a look at our Vilnius trip planner to schedule your visit to Ponary cmentarz and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • We traveled to Paneriai by train from the Vilnius Central Train Station, cost: one euro. Walked a quarter mile from where the train stopped on a paved road to Paneriai, viewed the monuments to the vic...  more »
  • Ponerai Forest is one of those sites that you wish deep down that you would never need to visit, unless you are from the same generation of the thousands of nameless victims who were consigned to a te...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • incredible. beautiful scenery despite the heaviness of what occurred there. very moving.
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  • Place our identity ... Place of the terrible crime which made Germany along with Lithuania, inter alia, on the Poles. Here you need to arrive and gaze although a moment to dedicate this here who died.
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  • Discovered the tunnel dug by the nails and spoon of Jewish prisoners. Cam Young Intellectuals As Tomorrow • 2.7.16 Pit in the forest of Ponar imprisoned by Nazi Germany. Using new scanning technology, the archaeologists have discovered a 35 m-long tunnel by the Jewish prisoners dug by nails and spoon in World War II. The Nazi catastrophe 100,000 prisoners of war massacred Jews in the forest around a holiday home in the countryside be considered the most frightening events in World War II. Location of the discovery of the tunnel. About 70,000 Jews in Vilnius and the surrounding area had to be marched into the forest, tied up, shot dead and thrown down a pit. Later, scholars, priests and the Polish resistance soldiers along 7,500 Soviet soldiers were massacred here. To get rid of "hell", a group of 40 prisoners skinny and injured 35 m long tunnel dug himself to fleeing Nazis in Ponary city Vilnius of Lithuania 9, 8 km to the South. The Jewish prisoner "is called" army of burn "imprisoned in the concentration camp in Stutthof near Sztutowo, Poland. Photo of the crater imprisoned in the forest of Ponar. The Nazis arrested them to dig up the bodies of people shot and piled in the graves in the territory of Nazi occupied since July in 1941, to burn the way conceal the crime. The army had the task of training the crematoriums of bodies up and cremated before the advancing Red Army in 1943 to the Nazi Africa t sin. After the near completion of the mission, the army burn big holes in a captivity, fear they will be killed should they used spoons and nail to dig a tunnel to escape the hole. They dug through half-NET 3 months, on 15/4/1943, they broke the shackles in the leg by the refined nail, 40 people in the military were crawling through the tunnel crawl out. Unfortunately, many parallels were discovered when not yet going to be concentration camp fence. Just 15 people trying to cut the fence is going to escape the forest and only co 11 survivors overcome the defect. Archaeologists are researching the tunnel. Israeli researcher team, America, Canada and Lithuania recently discovered 35 m long tunnel located deep under the ground 1.5 to 2, 7 m in the forest of Ponar, now known as the forest of Paneriai, Tomography technology electronic resistors. Image scans: the red line is the tunnel running off the fence. Based on that, they build a 3D image of the tunnel structure. Dr. Jon Seligman, the Israeli-led search for the tunnel, said: "my family in the capital of Lithuania, I don't hold water when discovered in the Ponary forest tunnel." Dr. Jon Seligman. "This discovery is an eloquent demonstration of the confidence of winning overwhelms despair". Memorial to victims of the massacre in the Ponary forest. The new tunnel was discovered was called "the path of escape from hell". Source: Daily Mail
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