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Ponary cmentarz, Vilnius

#9 of 41 in Historic Sites in Vilnius
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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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  • The Paneriai memorial park has different monuments for the victims of the nazi regime. You will see the death pits where people were killed and monuments not only for the jews but for the Polish...  more »
  • This is worth the trip - but make sure the museum is open because the people who work there are passionate about sharing what really happened in this spot. It is a beautiful and peaceful park, take.....  more »
  • incredible. beautiful scenery despite the heaviness of what occurred there. very moving.
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