Paneriai (Ponar)

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Paneriai (Ponar)
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Marko Z
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An interesting place but better with a guide
Aug 2020
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 people and even for the Romas. But we went there with a guide and the guide is necessary to get an idea of what actually happened there. It's nice to just walk around in the area, but alone, you might miss out on the importance of this place.
Written August 7, 2020
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TabathaSoltay
Ottawa, Canada362 contributions
Peaceful today, but with a horrific past.
Jul 2020
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 your time to walk around and really think about what happened here and the memorials that have been put in place to remember the 100,000 people who lost their lives here.
Written July 28, 2020
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Richard K
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,428 contributions
Poignant
Jul 2020 • Solo
Tough place to visit. A very sobering experience- in a Forrest where horror unfolded. Unforgettable but very tough
Written July 26, 2020
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DanValmy
13 contributions
Holocaust
Feb 2020 • Couples
We got here together with a guided group we joined for this occasion. Half an hour from our hotel. This place is really impressive. Total silence, no any noise but the wind. Important to be here.
Written February 1, 2020
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Pauline L
3 contributions
Sobering
Jul 2019
We must never forget. The visit makes you realise the enormity of the holocaust. There is a small museum and the numbered plinths around the site really bring it home. It's well worth a visit.
Written December 31, 2019
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Starlight1967
Birmingham, Alabama270 contributions
Somber Visit
Nov 2019
Quiet and peaceful. Time of reflection of the horrors that had occurred here. We must never forget. Only seven miles from the city.
Written December 16, 2019
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Benamard
Rehovot, Israel2,466 contributions
Chilling
Oct 2019 • Family
Walking through the forest with my family, 3rd and 4th generation of holocaust survivors, looking at the murder pits, seeing our shadows against the pit, all while hearing the trains whistle in the background sent shivers down my spine. Never forget!
Written October 21, 2019
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Helen M
Bradford, UK105 contributions
Sobering
May 2019 • Couples
My husband had suggested we visit here whilst we were staying in Vilnius old town so we could appreciate what atrocities occurred within the walls of the buildings we were looking at and to pay our respects.

We took the train from the city and exited at a tiny train station in a habited but very run down area.
There was minimal signeage to the site and it was quite a walk before we reached it.
We were out of season so the tiny museum was closed however there was an extensive board detailing what had happened there and the fates of the people living in the ghettos, orphanages and sheltered areas of the old town and Uzopis, basically anyone deemed to be a burden.

The area is extremely well maintained and whilst we were there we never saw another person and we even walked around in silence as the area is so overwhelming.

You can follow the old train tracks which would have led the people to the area, the giant trench which which was used as their holding area whilst they would have been categorised and finally each deep pit where those poor souls, once categorised to finally met their fate.

Each pit has a simple plaque at the top.

The only solace in that area is the knowledge that some managed to escape through tunnels.

This is a very emotive place but I am glad I went as returning to the old town I had a new found respect for what happened within the walls of the buildings there.

Transport via the train was easy and only a few euros. I would recommend asking the staff at Vilnius station for return times as we made an assumption they would be frequent, however found the station closed and noone who could speak English to assist. (Though everyone was very polite and tried to assist).
Written October 3, 2019
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kpgreynomads
Ipswich, UK167 contributions
This is not a Tourist Attraction but a place to visit to understand the turbulent history during Occupation.
Sep 2019
We travelled by train from Vilnius to Paneriai and walked to the site, it’s about 1km walk. It’s where 100000 people were shot by Nazis 1941-1944. There were no labour camps there. It was predominantly Jews who suffered but also other minorities suffered a similar fate. There is a Museum with plenty of information and it’s in English , I particularly found the video gave a good historical timeline of events, and also explained how recent research is still going on. There are 18 sites to visit all with English explanation. The atrocities committed are not forgotten and there are many groups who visit annually to celebrate their loved ones .
Written September 24, 2019
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Laima M
Stockholm, Sweden4 contributions
If in Vilnius, see Ponary
Jul 2019
I had been to Paneriai museum ages ago, so revisited it again recently.
This time I took a bus to Paneriai. Google maps will lead You, and it is a good walk from the last bus-stop.
There is a beautiful forest. Usually very little visitors and some people might feel that there is not much to see. Well, it is basically a huge grave that You are visiting. Go inside a small museum in the centre, there is a very pleasant guide with loads of stories and tips. Also a movie to watch.
This is not an "attraction" as such but it is important to pay respects and remember our horrid history. It shakes me everytime in Vilnius how ignorant people can be and how easy is to slip towards inhumanity. We need to take responsibility for this and never let this happen again, in any form.
Written September 4, 2019
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