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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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  • We discovered this Memorial site of Nazi atrocities between 1941 and 1944. Written in 3 languages, Russian, Hebrew and Lithuanian stelae remind that 100,000 people were executed here.
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  • A landmark in the destruction of Lithuanian Jewry during World War II Very sad all the Jewish community was destroyed 
  • Panerai is one of the places of memory and pain of Lithuania. In the middle of the forest, about 100,000 Jews and other groups (Gypsies, Russians, etc) were murdered and dumped in mass graves. Is outside Vilnius, but worth knowing.
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  • incredible. beautiful scenery despite the heaviness of what occurred there. very moving.
  • 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 was occupied by Nazi Germany from July 1941, to burn the way conceals 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, to December 15, 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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