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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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  •  The surrounding area is a fresh field with a clean green lawn.  In the calm landscape, a negative legacy that tells the story of a painful history is hidden. The museum is divided into two parts, and the first exhibition hall focuses on materials showing the construction and use of the fortress, materials about people sent to Siberia under the Stalin regime, and artifacts and photographs of Jewish victims.  There are also shocking materials such as photos of dazzling bodies and the belongings of Romas Kalanta, who burned themselves to death in 1972 in protest at the Soviet occupation, so I think you should be prepared to visit. The 2nd Exhibition Hall: In the ruins of a fortress built by Tsarist Russia in 1912, it reproduces the prison that contained political prisoners under Soviet and Nazi occupations. The cell set up under the stairs so that it cannot sleep by footsteps, the iron lattice piled on many layers, the execution place where it was gunned down by the flow work.  I was shocked many times reading the commentary even in the room where there was no change. Buses 23 and 35 are convenient for access. I took 23 at Kauno pilis bus stop in front of the rotary of Kaunas Castle North and got off at 9-ojo forto muziejus. If you go south to the highway and cross the underpass, you will see the entrance in front.
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  • I came here at a foggy autumn evening with the sun starting to set. It was really a like a dramatic setting for the horror waiting at the end of the trail. Hate has no limits. That’s the lesson to be ...  more »
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  • Very interesting exhebition. However, these "guards" watching every single step made me feel a bit like an inmate. One of them even turned off the artillery sound simulator, after I tried it out, giving me a look, that could kill. Rest was all good, so still four stars.
  • Definitely worth seeing. A lot of history. The place is big and it takes quite a while to walk trough all the rooms. There are 2 buildings - first with amazing glass work, art pieces and photos; second is the place where you can see the cells, prisoners things and have a look at how they lived, where they slept, etc.
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