Baltic tour – Ninth Forth

In Juli 2018 we took an 11 days trip to see the Baltic states: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

The capitals were our main targets, we always look for three things: city culture, mainly alternative, rock and metal, architecture and WW2 history. Mainly the Jewish history.

As for east Europe – the whole area was a playground for Nazi extermination. The most horrible crimes against the Jews were there. Anti Semitism is so old and rooted in the culture, what caused a local help to the Nazis. In fact, the most horrible pogroms were not made by any German. The east countries did produce the most horrible acts against the Jews.

The main extermination ground, torture, concentration and crime scene were here – in East Europe.

On the way to (Beautiful!) Vilnius, near a city called Kaunas, there is a hill. It is observing for miles into the horizon, and it is a perfect location for an army post.

It was constructed in the 19th century by the occupying Soviet Union. It was used as a prison.

The place dug in the hill and creates the perfect, long corridor with sells, to keep prisoners. It is always wet (underground) and can be protected perfectly.

During the Nazi occupation of Lithuania started in 1941, it was used as a place of extermination of Jews and other prisoners.

In this place, on the 18.8.1941 the Nazis carried on the murdered the educated scholars of Kaunas Jewry

In May 1942 began Sonderaktion 1005 operation, to hide all evidence of mass extermination by the Nazis.

Prisoners all across East Europe were forced to dig out mass graves and burn the bodies inside them.

The same happened here The same happened in the Ninth Forth.in the Ninth Forth.

One of these groups managed to escape. More about this estate can be discovered here

The visit to this site was paralyzing. One can imagine a concentration camp as a huge company, but this small piece of land, used to kill so many, this small piece of land, used to contain so much evil is something that changed the way I saw the way the Holocaust was executed.

 

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The Vilnius Lazdynai school walls, built with Jewish gravestones

The Lazdynai Middle School in Vilnius, built by the Soviets in the 1970’s.

The school’s outer walls are built with gravestones from the Jewish cemetery, as building materials.

The Soviets gave the order to destroy the cemetery and use the stones for the construction.

Every day the pupils of the school, can play with the dead:

Jewish Gravestones in the school's yard of a Vilnius school.
Jewish Gravestones in the school’s yard of a Vilnius school.
Jewish Gravestones in the school's yard of a Vilnius school.
Jewish Gravestones in the school’s yard of a Vilnius school.
“By committing a crime against humanity, tombstones from the old Jewish cemetery laid in this supporting wall were used as building materials. This is an example of the barbaric policy pursued by the Soviet authorities”
Jewish Gravestones in the school's yard of a Vilnius school.
Jewish Gravestones in the school’s yard of a Vilnius school.
Jewish Gravestones in the school's yard of a Vilnius school.
Jewish Gravestones in the school’s yard of a Vilnius school.
Jewish Gravestones in the school's yard of a Vilnius school.
Jewish Gravestones in the school’s yard of a Vilnius school.
Jewish Gravestones in the school's yard of a Vilnius school.
Jewish Gravestones in the school’s yard of a Vilnius school.

Using Jewish gravestones was a common practice.
lately, in Lviv, an effort is being made to uncover the gravestones used as building materials for the streets, see more in this post: