Kaunas

Sightseeing

Ninth Fort (Devintasis Fortas)

The Ninth Fort opened as a museum in 1959 and was originally dedicated entirely to the horrific events that took place here during the Nazi occupation. Since Lithuanian independence, exhibits have been introduced looking at Soviet crimes. The first building after the entrance covers the crimes of both the Soviet and the Nazi occupations. Following some changes in late 2015, the second section now looks at the history of the fort as a defensive structure and as a hard labour prison.
Although it's possible to visit much of the site without a ticket, paying to get into the buildings and for a guided tour is money well spent. Unlike almost every other mass murder site in the country, the Ninth Fort wasn't just used for killing local Jews. On November 25, 1941 alone a staggering 2,934 German Jewish men, women and children were murdered here. The former cells also contain graffiti written on behalf of some 900 French Jews, part of 'Le Convoi 73', one of a convoy of trains carrying Jews from Paris to Auschwitz and rerouted to Kaunas.

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Open 10:00 - 18:00. Closed Mon.

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Admission (museum) €3/1.5.

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