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“Lithuanian history in brief”

KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus)
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Tampere, Western Finland, Finland
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“Lithuanian history in brief”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

This is a must place to visit in Vlinius for all those who want to refresh their conception of the Lithuanian 20th century history. Easily accessible within the walking distance of some hundreds of meters from the Old Cathedral sqare. I visited on thrusday afternoon and the museum was rather quiet, allowing me to taka my time in the museum. It is advisable to reserve at least two hours as there is a lot to read in the exhibitions, and the former KGB prison in the basement merits attention.

Visited March 2013
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“Powerful experience”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

This museum was relatively small and uncrowded. The exhibits were very well done and the experience, as a result, was quite powerful. Well worth the time.

Visited February 2013
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“Shocking, depressing, and an absolute must.”
Reviewed February 28, 2013

You must, must, must see this museum. Here, in this drab building, is a capsule history of Lithuania's worst nightmares, from the WWII Nazi atrocities to the Soviet occupation. You'll see prison cells as they were under the KGB, and touching photos of Lithuanian partisans who fought valiantly for independence -- men and women both, many of them executed. But surely the most chilling place in the building is the execution chamber in the basement, where thousands of prisoners were dragged in, shot in the head, and their bodies quickly dumped. To know that you are standing in the place where so many lost their lives is to know the true meaning of inhumanity.

This is a moving, unforgettable place that explains so much about Lithuania's suffering -- and what a miracle it is that it is now independent.

A word of advice: this building is REALLY HARD to find if you're arriving on foot. It is off the main street, and the only sign pointing to it faces in one direction only -- coming from the other direction, you'll never see it. Don't get frustrated if you walk past it a few times without finding it.

Visited February 2013
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Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

Enjoying Lithuania is easy, these days. Not so formerly. And this museum gives some idea of the hard choices Lithuanians faced as their tsarist Russian masters gave way to a brief independence and then Soviet incursion followed by Nazi domination, followed by Soviet domination. It can't have been easy to choose what to do for oneself, for one's self respect, for one's family's safety--I doubt that anyone can be much faulted when such a situation is thrust upon them. The museum reviews all this lamentable history and then shows the heavy Soviet hand caught red-handed by what was left at this facility.

Visited February 2013
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Lappeenranta, Finland
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“Exhibitions well presented, stopping experience”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

The museum has five main exhibitions: KGB museum, old prison of KGB, Lithuanian partican movement against Nazi-Germany and Soviets, Nazi terror, and the Soviet terror. The exhibitions are well presented and very informative. Especially the old prison from the times of Soviet and Nazi terror is a stopping experience. Probably not the lightest program for afternoon but very informative to remind about the hard times the Lithuanian people (and many other Eastern European peoples) have went through. It's also clear that there hasn't been much difference between the evilness of Stalin and Hitler. Respect to the Lithuanian freedom fighters!

Visited February 2013
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