Kaunas

Petrašiūnai Cemetery

  Gimbutienės 28     23 Mar 2019
The final resting place of some of the nation’s most prominent artists and intellectuals covers just under nine hectares of land approximately 10km southeast of the city centre. Figures laid to rest include such controversial individuals as the communist-sympathising poet Salomėja Nėris (1904-1945) and the Nazi-collaborating founder of the Lithuanian Activist Front Kazys Škirpa (1895-1979). Thankfully most of the former luminaries lying here were unquestionably decent people during their lifetimes, among them Kazys Binkis (1893-1942), who along with his wife Sofija and other members of the Binkis family was awarded the title Righteous Among the Nations for saving Lithuanian Jews by hiding them at the family home during the Nazi occupation of the city during the Second World War. Keep an eye out for the simple columbaria complete with plastic flowers, angels and other shop-bought memorabilia immediately to the left of the main entrance. 
Take trolleybus Nº5 from the city centre and get off at the Elektros Tinklai stop.

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