Photographer's Note

Part of the poignant museum display at the 9th Fort just north of Kaunas. It depicts some of the heroes of Kaunas, who risked not only their own lives, but those of their family and friends to save Litvaks (Lithuanian Jews) from execution by the Nazis occupying Lithuania. Depicted here are some clergy. Priests and nuns who helped hide and save many thousands of Litvaks. There was even a Japanese diplomat (Chiune Sugihara) who was forging exit, transit and identity papers to safely smuggle as many Litvaks out of Lithuania as possible, despite clear orders from Tokyo to assist the Nazis with their extermination camps and a risk to his own life & family. He also saved around 6 thousand Litvaks. Others were not so lucky. The mass burial site has a plaque with this inscription.

"This is the place where Nazis and their assistants killed about 45,000 Jews from Lithuania and other European countries."

The museum also has a section dedicated to Russian / Soviet atrocities from 1945-1990.

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